Librarians talk about their favorites for National Library Week


April 4-11 is National Library Week! The purpose of this week is to encourage students, families and communities to connect with their local libraries. Our librarians and library associates do a lot to empower and support students in their learning by helping them cultivate an appreciation for reading and connecting them to the genres, characters and stories they love.

As part of National Library Week, we asked a few of our district librarians about their favorite reads and why they love teaching librarianship…

Mrs O’Connor, Waukee High School

Fiction or non-fiction: Fiction

Favorite reading of all time: The kite runner by Khalid Hosseini

Favorite part about the teaching library: My favorite thing about my job as a teacher librarian is that I get to support ALL the students at Waukee High School. Inspiring a love of reading and empowering students to master information are two of the most valuable and rewarding aspects of my job.


Mrs Elliott, Grant Ragan Elementary School

Fiction or non-fiction: Historical fiction is my favorite, but I really enjoy them all!

Favorite reading of all time: Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Favorite part about the teaching library: I love seeing students grow as readers over the years and helping them discover books, characters, and authors they love and connect with.


Ms McGrath, Southern and Waukee Colleges

Fiction or non-fiction: I love both equally!

Favorite reading of all time: The Harry Potter JK Rowling Series

Favorite part about the teaching library: I love connecting kids to books that make them want to keep reading!


Mrs Poppens, Woodland Hills Elementary School

Fiction or non-fiction: I really like both. Give me a great memoir or even a book of historical fiction!

Favorite reading of all time: educated by Tara Westover

Favorite part about the teaching library: I love getting to know all the students and teachers at Woodland Hills!

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