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On the Shelf with Librarian Rebecca Teglas

Librarian Spotlight #7

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February 17, 2013

Rebecca Teglas

Rebecca Teglas

After a career as a television producer for CBS and NBC, Rebecca Teglas graduated from Queens College with a Library Science degree in 2005.  Since then, she has been the Head of Children’s Services at the Larchmont Public Library in New York. Westchester Magazine voted the library as Best of Westchester (2012) and said: “Rebecca Teglas is young, energetic, and super enthusiastic about books—and it’s contagious.” She spends her free time reading great books, caring for her infant son, and doing triathlons. We’re thrilled at TCBR to shine the spotlight on Teglas and share her obvious joy of life as a librarian!

Bianca Schulze: Why did you become a librarian?

Rebecca Teglas: Quite simply, I became a librarian to share my love of escaping into
books with children.  Whether it’s traveling to Narnia or going into 
the world of the Greek gods through print or ebook, literature is 
cathartic.

GoddessGirls_SuperS_revBS: How do you encourage children to read?

RT: 
I enjoy readers advisory because it is like a puzzle and a bit like 
matchmaking.  I have the opportunity to find the perfect book for
 children by asking questions.  I also value library programming to 
allow children to delve into literature more deeply.  Book clubs are a 
great way to take a deeper look into literature.  My biggest challenge 
so far has been my niece.  She is dyslexic and has a hard time getting
into books.  Most recently, I gave her the series The Goddess Girls and there is nothing like the feeling of seeing her walking around the 
house, almost bumping into things because she can’t put the books
down.

BS: Which kids or teen book is the most frequently checked out in your
library?  Why do you think it is?


RT: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is never on the shelves, no matter how 
many copies we buy.  The format is accessible and the character, Greg,
is so imperfect and funny.  The books are like cotton candy for boys
and girls alike.

TheBabyBeeBeeBirdBS: What is your favorite read aloud for a preschool story time?  Why?


RT: I love the Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie because it’s so 
interactive.  The children enjoy making the noises of the animals and 
I love turning the programming room into a zoo!  I’ve even had 
precocious children ponder aloud why a nocturnal animal should have to
be awake during the day… food for thought, and pretty impressive for
four year olds!

BS: Which new releases are you dying to lay your hands on?


RT: Anything the kids are excited about, be it the latest Percy Jackson 
book or anything by Wendy Mass.  I also really love Patricia Reilly 
Giff because she sees truth in life in her realistic and historical
fiction.  I also watch the boxes of new books for anything by Linda 
Sue Park.

BS: What kinds of regular reading events or story time sessions do you host?


RT: We reach out to children ages 3 months-5th grade in the children 
section and we host programs for all age groups.  I love researching
 and launching new programs.  I just had a baby and I realized we need
 to break the ages of the baby group because the littlest babies need
 something different from the older ones, so when I return to work from
 maternity leave, I will launch a program for babies ages 2 months-6
months.

BS: Could you tell us one thing about librarians or libraries that you
think would be surprising?

RT: 
It’s surprising to me how few people know we circulate ebooks.  I have
 an e-reader, and it is so expensive to keep downloading books.  Also,
 some librarians wear fabulous shoes!  There is a crazy stereotype that 
still exists about librarians that we are dowdy.  I know a lot of
 really hip librarians.

BS: I’m sure that you are asked many interesting questions on a daily 
basis.  What would you say has been the most entertaining question
asked of you by a parent or a child?


RT: Oh, there have been many that are so cute and funny!  While I was 
pregnant, one child asked if she could do my job while I was on 
maternity leave, and also if she could name my baby.  Another kept
 asking me for a book about “the ex.”  It took me a number of questions 
before I realized she meant Malcolm X.

BS: 

If you could be any fictional character from children’s literature,
who would it be?  Why?


RT: Definitely Meg from A Wrinkle in Time.  She grows so much as a person, 
and she gets to go on a fabulous adventure.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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