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Lake Stevens has their own Children’s Librarian

Published on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 by BY PAM STEVENS | MANAGING EDITOR

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Monica Jackson

Leaves have already started falling from the trees and the temperatures have already started dropping. With kids in school and high school football a hot topic in Lake Stevens, it can only mean one thing – autumn has officially begun.

With Fall comes the Lake Stevens Library’s Fall Storytime for kids newborn to five years old and their caregivers.
This year Lake Stevens Library has a new addition to their already entertaining and educational children’s activities and that is new Children’s Librarian Monica Jackson.

Jackson will work alongside long-time children’s liaison Melanie Liu to bring more events to even more kids within Lake Stevens.

Jackson received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and worked for Seattle Public Library for many years as a Teen and Children’s Services Librarian.
“I love being a librarian,” Jackson said. “It can make a huge difference in a child’s life.”

Jackson found her passion when she was in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She saw how books were kept behind closed doors and that it was almost impossible for anyone to get their hands on these books. It was then that she realized what a treasure a library system is and the importance of ensuring that children have access to books.

“It was while I was there (in Morocco) that I decided to become a librarian,” she said. “Libraries are the cornerstone of democracy.”

Library systems around the country have seen a rise in use over the past few years and Lake Stevens is no exception. Almost 600 kids signed up for the library’s summer reading program. Two hundred of them have already claimed their free book.

Jackson and the rest of the staff at Lake Stevens Library has plenty to offer kids of all ages including the following:

• Baby storytime for newborn to 8 months old on Mondays at 11:15 a.m. This will be held in the Community Center next to City Hall.

• Toddler storytime (18 months to 3 years) on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
•Preschool storytime (3-5 years) on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.

As always, caregivers must be present the entire time.
Casper Babypants will perform “Every Child Prepared to Read and Rock” on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Lake Stevens Library will also be offering more teen programming in the future. Game Stop, next to Jay’s Market, will be holding a teen game event on Thursday, October 20 at 4 p.m.
Check with the library for more fun crafts and activities.

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