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Ms. Andrea Winzer


Growing up I was torn between wanting to be a lawyer or a fashion designer. I graduated from CSULA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing. I have always been artistically inclined, so I try to incorporate it into my everyday life as much as I can. Somehow, I ended up as a Library Specialist and I am so grateful for the path that has led me to North Tamarind Elementary School. It brings me great joy to see young children introduced to literature that will leave lasting effects. No matter the circumstances, a book can take our minds to a different place than our present and show us another perspective than our own. The right book can open hearts and minds, causing its readers to be changed forever. It is safe to say that in a perfect world, I would have Storytime with little ones all day long, (only pausing to sketch a design every now and again 😊).

How did you become a librarian?

I seem to have stumbled upon library services while I was taking Fashion Design/Merchandising classes. I began working in library services in 2014 and have been enjoying it for 6 years now.

What is your favorite thing about being a librarian?

I enjoy people in general, but children are so amazing! Children are so open and honest, which helps me to very quickly see if a planned learning activity is successful or not. It really challenges me as an educator and I love it!  

As an elementary school librarian, what seems to be the most popular books among students?

It’s funny, but the most popular books among children are usually ones their parents wish they would just put down to read something else. Dog Man, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Smile, as well as a few others. The fact that children are reading, outside of what is required, is a positive thing. Re-reading material is positive reinforcement of what children are learning about language skills and will only help them improve their reading. It could always be worse; they could dislike reading altogether.

Who are your favorite authors?
Liane Moriarty, Sister Souljah, George Orwell

What is your favorite book?
I certainly can’t choose just one, so I’ll choose one from each of the authors mentioned above: The Husband’s Secret, Midnight, and 1984

Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction?
It really depends on my mood. Lately, I’ve preferred non-fiction.

Do you prefer digital or hard copies when reading a book?
Definitely, a hard copy kind of gal.