Thank you, Emily & Tara!
As the new year starts for the Children’s Services Division, we want to send a huge thank you to Emily and Tara for leading the Division this past year. Emily is an Early Literacy Specialist at her favorite place, the North Plains Public Library, and Tara is a Senior Library Assistant in Circulation at the Tigard Public Library. This year, Tara and Emily supported children’s library workers through organizing CSD workshops, working with the CSD board in their duties, and representing the CSD at OLA meetings. They assisted the board and its members in meaningful collaborations that inspired children's library workers to continue their good work throughout the state of Oregon. Thank you both for your service and thank you for continuing to serve as Past Chairs this year.
CSD Past Chairs
Emily West Tara Morissette
Monica Hoffman will lead the CSD team for 2023-24
Monica Hoffman is excited to lead CSD for 2023-24. Monica is the Early Literacy Outreach Program Manager of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Most of her patrons call her the Storylady. She partners with early childhood educators and care providers such as Head Start, Early Intervention/Special Education teachers, and private and in-home childcare providers.
She spends the majority of her workday delivering books, interactive and inclusive Storytimes, and much more to these partners and the children they serve, removing barriers and promoting access to library services. She would like to assist others in promoting libraries to children and their caregivers with a solution-based mindset of removing barriers that may currently be preventing children from experiencing and enjoying our fantastic libraries and library programs.
CSD Chair 2023-2024
Jaime Thoreson joins the CSD Board as Chair Elect
Thank you for voting in Jaime Thoreson as our new CSD Chair Elect. Jaime is a Youth Services Librarian at the Sherwood Public Library. As an OLA member since 2006, she served as Chair for the Mock Caldecott Award from 2013 to 2014 and has been on the Oregon Library Presenters Directory Committee since 2021. Her goal as CSD Chair Elect is to give back to an organization that has given her years of professional day-to-day support and has provided her with opportunities for professional growth. Jaime wants to provide a safe space for other youth library workers to feel seen, heard, and valued. In addition, she wants to learn new skills, stretch her new abilities as leader, and network in meaningful ways with youth library workers. Thank you, Jaime, for volunteering! We look forward to your service.
CSD Chair Elect 2023-2024
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