Youth Services Staff

See our latest report from Youth Services at Mesa County Libraries:

 

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Gail, Head of Youth Services

Programs you plan or oversee:
I develop and plan online reading programs, CyberStrong–Real Talk, and special events. I oversee all other programs in the department.

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
I try to stay up to speed with authors and publishers that create for all youth audiences.  In particular, though, I enjoy historical fiction.

Favorite kid’s books:
Go Dog Go by PD Eastman, Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner, and anything by Peter Brown, Kate DiCamillo, and Janet Stevens.

Favorite grownup books:  
One of my favorites lately is actually a teen book:  Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez about the school explosion in the 1937 in New London, Texas.

 

 

Di, Youth Collections Librarian

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
As the Youth Collections Librarian my expertise is with the entire area, but I am passionate in finding new science fiction, fantasies, mysteries, and historical fiction.

Favorite kid’s books:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, which I discovered when I was 10 and loved it ever since. I think Mo Willems is brilliant and perhaps Knuffle Bunny is my favorite of his.

Favorite grownup books:
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

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Diana, Youth Services Librarian

Programs you plan or oversee:
Kids Club

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
Picture books & chapter books (love pop up books)

Favorite kid’s books:
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Adventures of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Favorite grownup books:
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Animal Farm by George Orwell

 

Matt, Library Assistant

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
Picture books, chapter books, historical non-fiction, art, and language arts

Favorite kid’s books:
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite grownup books:
The Art of Language Invention by David Peterson, Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

 

 

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Melissa, Library Assistant

Programs you plan or oversee:
Story Time en español and Cyber Strong

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
I love all picture books and any book in Spanish.

Favorite kid’s books:
There are so many kid’s books that I would consider my favorite. I really like all Junie B. Jones books and Goosebumps books. Apart from that, I also like the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. My all time favorite picture book/story is The Little Match Girl.

Favorite grownup books:
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, and Beautiful Disasters by Jamie McGuire

 

 

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Sam, Teen Coordinator

Programs you plan or oversee:
All teen programs

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
I especially enjoy picture books and chapter books. I also waste spend a lot of time playing video games.

Favorite kid’s book:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Favorite grownup books:
For poetry, non-fiction, and fiction respectively: The Unknown University by Roberto Bolaño, Presence and Absence by Robert Sokolowski, and Amerika by Franz Kafka

 

 

Sandra Currier, Library Coordinator

Programs you plan or oversee:
Story Time, STARS, and Puppet Shows

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
Picture books!

Favorite kid’s book:
The Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson

Favorite grownup books:
Harry Potter series

 

 

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Trevor, Library Associate

Programs you plan or oversee:
Story Time, Neighbors Read, Dog Ears, and LEGO ZONE

Collection areas of interest and expertise:
Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction (especially Biographies) Picture Books, Movies

Favorite kid’s book:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Favorite grownup book:
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

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