stacey.jpgHello!  My name is Stacey and I am a Children’s Librarian at the Main Library.  I have worked for the Olathe Public Library for over 10 years!  I started as a clerk in the Circulation Department.  I enjoyed checking books out to customers and seeing all the books when they got returned.  However, I really wanted to work with kids.  So, when there was a job open in the Children’s Department, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity.  Some of my favorite duties as a librarian are planning and presenting programs for kids of all ages and choosing books to buy for the library.  I choose the books for the J200s, J300s, J600s, J800s, and the Scouts and Comics sections.

stacey2.jpgI wasn’t a huge reader when I was younger.   When I did read, it was usually a Babysitters Club book or a Choose Your Own Adventure.   I loved it when my 4th grade teacher would read to my class.  I remember her reading The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell and The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I really started reading after I graduated from high school.  I enjoy reading things that I want to read, instead of reading things that my teachers told me I had to.  Some of my favorite children’s books are:  The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs  by Judi Barrett, Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child, Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant…I could go on and on.

I live in Shawnee with my husband and our four cats; Sade, Egypt, Gus and Milo.  My husband and I actually met in the cat food section of a grocery store.  In my spare time I like to watch movies, listen to music, play computer games and spend time with my family.  I love it when my mother-in-law invites us over arabiccoffee1.JPGfor dinner.  My husband and his family are from Syria (which is near Jordan and Iraq), and she makes wonderful Arabic foods like kibbeh (a dumpling stuffed with meat and spices), yerbak (stuffed grape leaves), and, my favorite, kousa mehshi (stuffed zucchini).  We end every meal with a very strong Arabic coffee.  I love it!

So, that’s a little bit about me.  Next time you are in the library, stop by and say “Marhaba.”  That’s Arabic for hello!