About Me

My name is Amy Koester, and I am a children's librarian and a blogger.

You can find full details on my library presentations, press, and service on my Wordpress site.

I am the Youth & Family Program Supervisor in the Learning Experiences department at Skokie Public Library. Before coming to Skokie, I worked as a branch children's librarian with the St. Charles City-County Library District.

I received my MLS from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2011. While there, I cemented my love for children's services by taking classes in children's literature, children's programming, and storytelling. Now I continue to develop my skills and thinking about libraries through professional involvement. I am a member of the American Library Association as well as three of its divisions: ALSC, PLA, and YALSA. I am also a member of the Illinois Library Association.

My committee work is varied. I am currently the chair of the ALSC Public Awareness Committee. My past committee service includes the 2014 (John) Newbery Award Committee (Flora & Ulysses!), ALSC's Grant Administration Committee, and serving as a 2012-2013 Reader/Selector for the Mark Twain Readers Award (a Missouri state fiction award for 4th-6th graders). I was also a Round I panelist for the 2012 Cybils in the Middle Grade Fiction category. 

This blog is dedicated to exploring programs, services, and other topics in youth librarianship. I get lots of inspiration and ideas from fellow librarians out in the blogosphere, and my goal is to share details of my successes and learning moments in the hopes of adding to the vast pool of collective librarian knowledge. I'm a firm believer in the power of collaboration in this profession. We're a community of sharers, and I am thrilled to contribute.

If you want to see more of me online, here are a few ways to do so:

Oh, and standard disclosure: this blog is solely mine, and it does not reflect anyone's opinions but my own. I'd love to hear what you think about anything I've got to say!

Updated 4/19/2016