Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Dawn Privett

My name is Dawn Privett, and I am the Assistant District Librarian for Paris Independent Schools.  I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful district.  I have lived in Paris since 2007, and love this town.  I have two daughters in the Paris school system.  Mabel is a second grader, and Eleanor is a preschooler.

I am from Kentucky, and I lived in Lexington for years.  I earned my Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from UK in 2003, and am currently pursuing a second Masters degree in Library Science.  I had the great pleasure of serving our community as the Director of Children’s and Youth Services at the Paris-Bourbon County Public Library until 2010.  My work experiences have been varied—from line cook to stagehand, from librarian to preschool teacher.  Each and every one has given me a love of service, community, the arts, education, and youth.

I was fortunate enough to have two elementary school teachers who read aloud to their students daily.  I attribute my love of story and reading to them.  Some of my favourites they read include Where the Red Fern Grows, Jack Tales stories, and the S.E. Hinton novels.  My favourite book in the first grade was Where the Wild Things Are.  My favourite book in the fourth grade was Charlotte’s Web.  In 5th and 6th grades, I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew mysteries.  My favourite books in high school were To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby.  These childhood reads are still some of my most favourite books.  Now, some of my favourite authors are Kevin Henkes, Mo Willems, Barbara Park, Beverly Cleary, Cynthia Rylant, Richard Peck, Gail Carson Levine, Susan Cooper, J.K. Rowling, Katherine Paterson, Neil Gaiman, John Green, E.M. Forster, and Jane Austen.  I love to read anything from picture books to graphic novels and comics (I love super heroes!).

I believe that when a young person finds just that right book at the right time, their love of reading and capacity for learning steadily increases.  It is my pleasure and goal to serve our students by helping them find all those right books at the right times to better aid them in becoming avid readers, lifelong learners, and future leaders of our society.

Looking for a good book? Here are some of my favorite websites:

www.hbook.com/magazine The Horn Book Magazine
www.kidsreads.com  Kids Read
www.voya.com Voice of Youth Advocates
www.teenreads.com Teen Reads
www.readergirlz.com (Suggestion teens-girls)
www.guysread.com (Suggestions teens-boys)
www.nancypearl.com (coolest librarian in the world—my hero!)