My name is Amy Koester, and I am a public librarian.
I am currently Youth & Family Program Supervisor at Skokie Public Library, where I coordinate a range of programs for kids and their families as well as lead outcomes and data initiatives. I also supervise our three part-time program assistants who support programs for all ages. I strive to collaborate to offer services that allow all children to engage with the world and develop their personal interests. I’m also part of a team that leads civic engagement initiatives for all ages at my library.
I’m a big believer in the sharing and support of our library community, and I’ve shared many programs and ideas at The Show Me Librarian. Major topics on which I have blogged, presented, and published include STEAM, civic engagement, media mentorship, and developmentally appropriate programming. I am actively involved in ALSC; I currently serve as the New to ALSC Board Member. I’ve been an editor for In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access, open peer reviewed journal on libraries and librarianship, since September 2016. I am also a member of the advisory council for the Our Voices initiative.