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I have worked for the Diocese of Dallas for thirty-two years and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love of reading with the students of St. Patrick School.  Studies have shown that the more children read the better students they will become, so with this as my "guiding light" I began weekly story time with the primary grade children years ago that has evolved into weekly classes with all of the students from PreK to 8th Grade. We share books, learn how to use the library data bases that can then be applied to research skills, practice library skills, work on projects, perform Readers' Theater, and do story-related activities.
 
One of the biggest endeavors I took part in was the design and implementation of a state-of-the-art library media center for our school.  Our collection of materials is close to 15,000 items and the media lab contains enough computers for a class to use for research and other student-related projects. New materials are added monthly with constant evaluation of our collection to keep it current. 
 
Collaborating with the teachers for their classroom and student assignments gives me the opportunity to stay current with the newest resources available to educators.  I attend numerous workshops and training sessions yearly through the  Region 10 ESC Library Cooperative. 
 
Not only do I get to enjoy working with the students  and getting to "play" with new books but I have had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with many authors and illustrators that have visited our school such as Bryan Collier, Tracy Dockray, Kimberly Willis Holt, Bill and Carol Wallace, Steve Swinburne, Pat Miller and Robert  D. San Souci.  I have also attended  presentations by Andrew Clements, David Wiesner,  Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and Gordon Korman.  I love sharing with the students insights that the authors share about their lives and how they became interested in writing.