Monday, October 14, 2013

KEEPER OF WONDER: An Interview with Tammy Langeberg

Today's fabulous Keeper of Wonder is Tammy Langeberg, aka School Teacher Librarian Dragon, also known on Twitter as @SchoolTLDragon! She's an active force there, always talking about books and from her photo you can tell that's NO JOKE! So without further ado:

Tell us about your library?

My lovely library, Semper Elementary, is located in Westminster, Colorado near the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Our library is in the center of the building with vaulted ceilings and lots of windows. It is as big as some school gyms. I am the teacher librarian with an emphasis on teacher. I read to kids and with kids, I help them choose good fit books, and teach educational technology and information literacy. That is a mouthful for teaching kids how to be good digital citizens who can navigate through technologies and be safe. I was the librarian here at Semper for three years and moved on to another library for five years and came back. The cool thing is the kindergarteners back then are now big ol’ sixth graders. They have changed a lot!

What was the most recent book request?

Do we have any new Babymouse books? We have all of them but are anticipating #18 next April.

What was your most recent book suggestion to a patron?

Origami Yoda. She has an origami book and I suggested this as a companion! She took it! (Such a fun book!)

What was your most recent book suggestion to a friend?

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

If you could sit down with your favorite beverage with any current kidlit author, who would it be? And why?

I think I would like to talk to Chris Grabenstein. His book is such a beautiful love letter to librarians and libraries. It would be fun to hear why he has such a love for them. Also I want to know about the secret game he sneaked into his book. (I am running to Google now, as I do not know him!)

What book do you wish you had in your library (professional or personal or both) but don’t?
I would like to have more “slice of life” books. Kids love to read about things that happened to authors and make connections. There are a few great ones like Patricia Polacco’s Thundercake and Chris Raschka’s, The Hello, Goodbye Window. I want every teacher to have Librarians as Learning Specialists Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century by Allison Zmuda and Violet H. Harada. It really explains what a teacher librarian does and why they are so important to schools.

What factors influence your decision to add a book to your collection?

If children want it, I get it (if appropriate for elementary level). If teachers want it, I get it. The teacher/librarian PLNs on Twitter have really helped me find the best of the best. I actually had both the 2013 Caldecott and Newbery books in my library when they were announced winners! That has NEVER happened before! That was due to chatter on Twitter. (Ah, cool that you use Twitter as a PLN - does your district recognize it as such?)

What about you would make us say, “REALLY? But you’re a librarian!”?
I do not have a collection of books at home. My philosophy is to share the books. No one can read them if they are sitting in my house! So I tend to donate a lot of books to my library, friends, and family..

Five favorite books of the past five years.
The Doll People by Ann M. Martin
(grownups) Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (A friend lent me this & I loved!)
(grownups)Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
Wonder by R. J. Polacio
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

That was WAY hard! (So, I've heard ;0))

Thank you for the opportunity to share what I do and who I am!

Thanks so much for stopping in, Tammy!


  1. Tammy, I love your take on not collecting books at home! What an awesome way to think about it.

  2. I had to come over since you call yourself the Dragon (that's how big of a geek I am). Great interview! I read parts of Wonder with my son and it was great.

    Hi, Jaye!


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