Who is page-in-training?
My name is Sarah, and I am an elementary school librarian.
What’s with the name page-in-training?
Pages can be found in books, on websites, in pockets, in calendars, and crammed into purses. They can be delivered on screen, over intercoms, through gadgets and on paper. They’re everyday things that we encounter countless times. Often we don’t even think of them as remarkable. Why then do I declare myself a page-in-training?
A long time ago pages were in the first stage of training for knighthood. Pages have also been attendants and errand runners. It was this sense of training to come that caught my attention. I consider myself a page in three areas – libraries, reading and writing.
My first place of pagedom is in the library. I’m a school librarian in a K-4 elementary school in southeastern Wisconsin heading into my first full school year in that position. This year I am also taking on a technology enrichment role in addition to my library time. I am always looking for new ideas on resources to share.
I’m also a page-in-training when it comes to writing. In elementary school I began writing fanfiction well before I ever came across the term fanfiction. The first was an adventure to go with Basil of Baker Street. Fast forward a number of years and I discovered the joy of National Novel Writing Month with my online writing friends. Each November I try to cheer, headdesk, create, flail and exhaust myself through 50,000 words. It’s a rollercoaster every Nano. I find I haven’t wandered too far afield from the unicorns of third grade as I tend to favor fantasy in my writing. Vindictive faeries, hedgehog sleuths, werewolves, and a wacky group of band kids have all found their way into my stories.
While I am a voracious reader (and rereader), I consider myself a page-in-training there as well. There’s a growing mountain range of children’s and young adult books out there that I haven’t had a chance to explore. I always welcome book recommendations and love to share them as well.
What can you expect to find here on page-in-training?
You’ll find things I am trying out in the school library, book reviews, and snips of my writing on occasion. You might stumble across some blathering when the college hockey season starts, but I’ll try to keep that to a minimum.
What do you review here on page-in-training?
I generally review children’s or young adult fiction here on my blog. Unless otherwise stated, books I review are from libraries or from purchases I have made. Any books received as review copies, such as from GoodReads first reads program, will be labeled as such. I do not review everything I read.