Monday, August 22, 2016

Meet new to MNPS, Librarian Gretchen Good

Hi, my name is Gretchen Good and I am proud to be joining the Napier Elementary School Team.

I moved from San Francisco to Nashville two years ago with my husband, young daughter, and probably far too many animals to be packed in a car legally.  My daughter, Julia, is now four and loves drawing, dancing and ‘making jokes.’ My husband, Pat, also a librarian, loves Nashville, music, social activism and is a DJ at Nashville’s newest radio station WXNA 101.5.  Since our move the cast of pets has changed: our lively home is now filled with the sounds of a yapping wee Yorkie (Griffy) and two chirping cockatiels (Loopy and Percy), both of which surprisingly compliment the clarinet ‘stylings’ of Julia and Pat.

Both my husband and I had fifteen-year careers in libraries and archives in San Francisco.  Libraries are a shared love that brought us together.  My prior career was as an administrative librarian for an arts university library and as an art and music subject specialist librarian for San Francisco Public Library.  Between these two jobs, I had the honor of working side-by-side with experts in such diverse fields as silent film, Vietnamese rock music, 20th Century dance, computer animation as well as with talented guest authors from the Children, Teen and Adult Urban Fiction genres.  My passion for libraries extends well beyond these subject interests.  I came to library work simply from a love of books, culture, community and the desire to make non-commercial, socially-relevant resources available to all who seek them.

My favorite book is always changing.  At one point it was Anne of Green Gables, then Old Yeller, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.  At this point in my life I find it is easiest to say my favorite book is the last book I read, which as of last night happens to be Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo.  When pushed for an all-time favorite however I’ll go with The Little Prince if for no other reason than this illustration still makes me laugh:

I am thrilled to be a part of MNPS Team because, as I make a mid-life career transition from public libraries to the school libraries, I value centralized support, guidance and connection to other expert school librarians.  I am especially excited to work at Napier Elementary and want my school have the best library/media specialist program possible.  To this end, I plan to mine the district and actively engage the MNPS Team for innovative practices for my school.  At Napier, I hope we may implement a ‘book buddy’ program in which third and fourth graders serve as reading mentors to first and second graders.  Additionally, I am interested in creating kindergartner book kits so each Monday, every K student could take home a kit of seven pre-selected books for a week’s worth of family-fun reading.  Ultimately, my professional goal is to foster a community of readers and information seekers among students, teachers and parents.  I look forward to all idea-sharing and team building that will facilitate this goal.

Thank you MNPS and Napier Elementary for welcoming me to your teams.  We are going to have an exciting year. 

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