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Once upon a time, a 19-year-old me was shopping for shampoo in Target with a friend. The two of us were trying to find the Herbal Essences while simultaneously talking about what we wanted to be when we grew up. And that’s when it happened. Right there in front of the Herbal Essences selection, I decided that I wanted to be a librarian.

A few years later, I enrolled into the Library and Information Science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with every intention of becoming a corporate librarian. I took the typical reference and cataloging classes, but I also loaded up on business information, government information, and the dreaded legal information. I then graduated and accepted a position at a public library in Texas…as a children’s librarian.

Dear reader, I had no clue as to what I was doing. The very first time I tried to use a flannelboard, the darn thing fell over and nearly maimed a child (which is how I got my blog title for those of you who are curious). Luckily for me, there were blogs about children’s librarianship, including: Mel’s Desk, Storytime Katie, So Tomorrow, and Abby the Librarian. After a lot of blog reading and trial and error, I got better at this whole children’s librarianship thing. Not only that, but I discovered that I had found my calling.

5+ years later, and I’m still a children’s librarian (currently at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN). I absolutely love my job and can’t see myself doing anything else (at the moment).

In this blog, you will find posts about storytime, books, programming, STEM/STEAM, apps, the maker movement, crafts, and just general librarianship.

Should you feel compelled to connect with me, feel free to click the social media icons on the right.

All opinions on this blog are my own and not my employer’s.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Erin,

    I LOVE your blog! I am an AmeriCorps member working in the children’s department at a library in upstate New York. Part of what I do here is plan and deliver story times, both in the library and in outreach. So glad google brought me to you :]


  2. Love that you are trying to incorporate the iPad into your storytimes and look forward to reading updates. I am thinking about trying some iPad/techy storytimes, too; I am in the information gathering stage at this point. Thanks for sharing

  3. I came across your blog today and love your ideas. I’m a former first grade teacher and now stay at home mom living in India. Our daughter is just eight months old. I love the willingness if librarians to share their ideas–I just downloaded lots of bouncing and action rhymes today. I am looking forward to using your ideas at home and also for a playgroup we are part of. Thanks so much!

  4. Hello Erin-

    Your blog is awesome. I found your flannel board Ninja’s rhyme today. I was wondering if you had a pattern for the actual flannel character or could direct me to one?


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