I’ve been coming to this library since I was a child, with my parents and my sister. I remember there were lots of different aisles and you could get lost. My sister and I used to play hide-and-seek. There were puppets and fun things to play with. My mom would read aloud to us and then we would also do silent reading.
Around eighth or ninth grade, I started volunteering here. By tenth grade, I decided I wanted to be a librarian. I talked to one of the head librarians and she connected me with Nina, the youth librarian. Ever since then I’ve been doing intern work, shadowing her during the summers.
I’m currently getting my Master’s of Library Science degree at St. Catherine’s University. I’m also getting my certification as a School Media Library Specialist, which is a certification so I can be in a school.
There’s a lot that goes into being a librarian that people don’t realize. They think it’s just shelving books and reading stories. But there are a lot of different roles that they take on. There are librarians in a law office. How else would lawyers get information about their cases? There are librarians in prisons. How else would prisoners get information about different ways to appeal their case without people doing the research for them and helping them? People think you can find everything on the internet, but there’s so much out there that you really can’t.
Elizabeth at Hennepin County Libary — Maple Grove