As a youth librarian, I regularly recommend books to patrons of all ages through in-library readers’ advisory services and in Westerville City School classrooms through book talks for grades 2-6.

When recommending books to readers, I consult a variety of sources including:

I keep track of my reading experiences through my personal Goodreads account. I tag each book I have read by genre, age, and format to easily find books at a later time. Select shelves can be found at the links below:

Collection Development

I am in charge of reviewing six areas of Westerville Library’s youth collection, including graphic novels, juvenile chapter books, first chapter books, and three non-fiction sections. I regularly review each of these areas for books in poor condition and more thoroughly review every book in each section once a year. Books are pulled from the collection due to poor circulation, poor condition, outdated content, or inaccurate information.

While I do not make final purchase decisions, I send new book and replacement book recommendations to the youth collection development librarian weekly.

Collection Promotion

I regularly refill our youth book displays and create display themes.

In addition to collection promotion through displays, I also promote the collection and perform readers’ advisory services through bookmarks and posters as well as via book lists through our summer reading software, READSquared.