As part of National Library Week and Library Workers Day, we celebrate our Library Media Specialists here at Melissa Schools: Debra Bridenbaugh (Harry McKillop Elementary), Cari Montgomery (Melissa Ridge Intermediate/Melissa Middle School), and Tiffany Matlock (Melissa High School).
Read below to learn a bit about them, and please join us in thanking them for all that they do to make each Melissa Schools library a great place for our Cardinals!
When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? From an early age, I knew that I wanted to make the world a better place for children. Teaching third grade was the way that I started to fulfill this dream. Eight years later I followed my students into the library at my new school. The librarian there read a Junie B Jones book to the students and all of us were mesmerized. After the story, this precious librarian began to help different students find their just right books. I was hooked! Bringing the magic of reading to students became my dream.
Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham was life-changing for me. Instead of sounding out letters on a page I began reading the words in a book. From that moment on, I was a reader.
What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? The first time I helped with carpool duty and our athletes, cheerleaders, and Birdie came to be heroes for our littlest cardinals, I knew that I had become part of a very special place. Getting to help grow readers in this community is the absolute best thing about being a Cardinal librarian!
When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? When I was young, I had a second grade teacher, Ms. Hiebert, who believed in me and showed me how reading and books could change my life. At that moment, I knew I wanted to share that same passion for books and a love for reading.
Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? I remember a special pig stealing my heart and a spider who taught me about the power of a true friendship: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? I like putting books in kids’ hands and showing them how reading can positively impact their lives. Anyone can open a book, but those who dive in with their heart have the courage to be changed forever.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a librarian? I was a reading teacher for middle school students for several years. I loved teaching reading and discovered I had a talent for finding the perfect book for a kid. It was definitely a privilege when I was chosen as the MHS librarian.
Is there one book (or author) that changed your life and/or is your all-time favorite? My all time favorite author is Mark Twain. I think his satirical methods are hilarious.
What is the best thing about being a Cardinal librarian? Having the opportunity to connect and help so many students on our campus is my favorite thing about my position here.