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 have worked as a children's librarian at the St. Charles City-County Library District's Corporate Parkway Branch in Wentzville, Missouri, since August 2011. My library is a medium-sized branch in a twelve-branch system. We have a strong collection of materials for juveniles and young adults, and we also offer lots of programming for youth from birth through age 18. While I do work a shared reference desk (i.e., I work with adult readers and information seekers), my responsibilities at the branch lie primarily within children's services.

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 Missouri 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 for programs 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 7/16/2014