“Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31b-32
Reading has always been a significant part of my life. Beginning in elementary school, whether it was reading the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew mysteries or being read to every day by my fifth and sixth grade teacher, I found reading transported me to new worlds, people and ideas. In high school my fast food reading diet consisted of gothic mysteries and romance but fortunately English classes introduced me to Shakespeare, classics and more intellectual stimulation. Reading not only opens doors to our broken but beautiful world, to the vast range of human experience but also to who God is, and who I am in relation to Him. Reading is essential in developing writing and critical thinking skills. A fellow librarian recently made the statement that you cannot read well, unless you read, you cannot write well unless you read, and you cannot think critically unless you read. I love helping students find a book they enjoy, just the right resources for a projects, or World Issues books that will help them personally connect to and care about people whose lives are so different from their own.
In my role as a librarian I am committed to helping students develop good information seeking and evaluating skills using a variety of media sources. Working in the current world of information technology is an exciting and often rollercoaster ride with both opportunities and challenges. A goal of mine is to encourage students to be lifelong learners and to help them use information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
I love the power of story, whether it comes from a book or someone who shares their life experiences. I have said that you can teach me anything as long as it is included in a story. Story not only impacts the senses but touches the heart and emotions. Stories can be life-changing; just look at God’s story!
So, what about the rest of my life? My husband and I both graduated from Lynden Christian, and yes we were high school sweethearts. My schooling has consisted of attending Dordt College, WWU, online coursework and Whatcom Community College. I began working at Lynden Christian in 1994 as a library assistant before transitioning to the role of librarian. We have two married sons who introduced girls into our family! Ron and I work as small group leaders and on the greeter team in our church home. Besides reading, I love to spend time with our three beautiful grandchildren, find getting dirty in my garden therapeutic, enjoy walking, stimulating conversation, and theatre. I hope to travel, learn more than a few words of Spanish, and share my love of story and learning through either a community or international program.