KAYLEEN REUSSER ROARS FOR LIBRARIES
Welcome to Library Lions interviews. Author and Librarian Kayleen Reusser has stopped by this month to share her children’s books and her Library Love with us. Take it away Kayleen!
In an effort to encourage students to get excited about reading I’ve put snakes on my head to the mortification of my 3 adult children!
Library Love When You Were a Cub
Growing up, I went to the library every week and checked out 3-5 books which I couldn’t wait to read. My mother was a teacher and she taught us to appreciate books. I read every chance I got even upside down in a chair! (Don’t ask me why—I don’t know!) That habit of visiting libraries and valuing their content is still with me today!
More Library Love (An Author’s View)
Even though much research material is available online, I still use library materials when writing a book. This was especially true when I was researching my 3 Greek gods books – Hades, Hephaestus, Hermes—I had to use original sources—Iliad, etc. They were available as classic sources from Google Books, but I checked out all of these from the library and had to cite them. Heavy books!
Funding for libraries, especially school libraries, is currently under threat. As an author, what are your thoughts about that?
When book funds are decreased, it’s easy to complain. It happened to me so I know. I tried to re-arrange books differently so it might look to students like we had ‘new books’. This worked out well as I created new collections of mysteries, biographies, etc. Creativity is our best weapon!
Melissa Thompson is the elementary school librarian at Bluffton Elementary School, the one elementary school in my corporation (we have one elementary, middle, high school). I was surprised when she showed me the display she had made of my books at her school! After I spoke to that school’s students, so many asked her for my books that she decided to put them together on a book shelf. Today, BES students recognize me in the community and ask me about my books. I appreciate Melissa’s support!
Library Lion’s Roar: ONE LAST BIG ROAR
It is fun to mesh my talents as an author with my job as a school librarian. It seems like a losing battle competing against technology. My biggest challenge is convincing students video games will never help them achieve goals in life. They need to READ to SUCCEED! (Medusa’s tag line)
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Thank you, Kayleen for your terrific interview!
Note to Librarians: If you’re a Youth Librarian working in a school or public library we’d love to hear about you and your library. Email Janet on the Contact page on this website for an interview.