I've always loved libraries, books, movies, and writing. When I was in Sixth Grade, I went to a new school, and two of my friends and I worked in the school library during our lunch and recess time. Mrs. Harper, the school librarian, was a huge supporter of my writing, and she always encouraged me. My friends and I would take turns with three different roles: checking books in and out, shelving, and reading a book to the classes who came to the library. I hated reading out loud, and one of my friends loved it. So, she and I always switched checking books in and out and reading a book to the classes when that was our role.
After Sixth Grade, I went to three more new schools in the next two years before I started high school at Santana. I befriended my second friend at Santana, a girl named Molly who was in my Algebra class. We continued to be friends through high school. One day, while we were Seniors and in AP Government and Economics, she turned around and told me that the Santee Library was hiring another Student Worker (she was already working there as a Student Worker) and I should apply for the job. I agreed, and I was hired as a Student Worker at Santee Library in March 2006. For two and a half years, I was a Student Worker. After that, I was an Intermittent Worker (a type of Library Technician Substitute) for eight months, and then I got hired by a company called Backstage Library Works as a contractor for the San Diego County Library. I was the RFID Tagger Team Leader, and I worked for Backstage for ten months.
After that, I started working at Costco, but the library continued to call to me. After I had been working at Costco for 13 months, I asked one of my co-workers if he had any single, Christian friends. He thought of his best friend, Adam, and we were introduced at my co-worker's wife's birthday party the next night. I asked Adam what his job was, and it turned out he was a Student Worker for the Facilities Department at the San Diego County Library. He was the guy from the County who moved around the equipment that we used while I worked at Backstage Library Works. Adam and I had never even known the other's name.
When Adam and I started dating, I returned to volunteering in a Youth Group, and I started volunteering at the Santee Library where I had formerly worked. From June 2011-January 2014, I volunteered at my old library. In the summer of 2013, I interviewed for a Library Technician I position, but I was offered a part-time position instead of a full-time. I declined the position, but I remained on the interview list. In December 2013, I, again, interviewed for a Library Technician I position. This time, I was offered the full-time position, and in January 2014, I started working as a Library Technician I.
My Branch Manager, Amanda, and supervisor, Jodi, quickly realized how much I loved working in the library, how good I was working with children and teens, and they both encouraged me to go back to school. In the summer of 2014, I was given Bilingual Storytime (even though I'm not bilingual), and I had to face my fear of reading out loud. Though I now had glasses, I had eighteen years of tripping over my words and being made fun of. I was terrified that I would misread a book, the kids would laugh, and parents would judge. Then my sister gave me great advice. She told me that the kids wouldn't realize if I kept reading, and the parents were just glad that I was entertaining their kids for half an hour.
I worked on the Social Media for my library branch, and I won a Library All-Star award in April 2015. I promoted temporarily to Library Technician II in June 2015, and my promotion was made permanent in October 2015. I designed my own storytime, Preschool Play, in December 2015, and I performed the storytime starting January 2016, raising circulation in the hour after storytime by 4.2% in the first three months.
In September 2016, I was promoted again to Library Technician III, and I became the Assistant Branch Manager of a different library. I had been a Library Technician I and II at the same branch, but I started a new journey at the end of September 2016.
As the Assistant Branch Manager of my new library, I was honored to be there as we opened a brand new library building in April 2017. We won five different awards for our building, including Best Reading Space and People's Choice. I continued pursuing my love of Youth Services, learned how to train and coach staff, and performed weekly Toddler and Preschool storytime. I also put together multiple Star Wars programs, at multiple branches, and I designed and implemented a six-week Teen Writing Workshop series. I also led four Writing Workshops for adults. I love being able to use my writing experience and my library work experience to inspire others. And yes, I love dressing up while at work...
In May 2018, I promoted again to a Youth Services Librarian I. I promoted to Youth Services Manager Librarian II in June 2021.