About Us

We are Annamarie and Michala, two librarians who met through our work at Westerville Public Library, specializing in youth and teen services. Book Cart Queens is our way of sharing our experiences with the greater library community.

This blog represents our personal views and not those of our employers.

About Annamarie

As a girl who pretended to be afraid of the dark so I could use my night light to read past my bedtime, working at a library sounded like the best job in the world. My youthful passion for books has only continued to grow, alongside a desire to create a love of learning in children and teenagers. I achieve this goal every day through my work as a Youth Librarian at Westerville Public Library.

As a children’s librarian, I create programs and educational resources for ages 0-18. I particularly enjoy presenting storytimes for ages 0-2, technology programs for tweens, and book talks to all ages in local classrooms. In addition to programming, I train fellow librarians on media mentor concepts, create reader’s advisory resources, and work collaboratively across library departments to create large-scale programs like the Wizards & Wands Festival.

Outside of the library, I am the chair of the 2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and a member of the OLC Children’s Services Division Action Council.

Learn more at my website, annamariecarlson.com.

About Michala

Books, cooking, fun hair, drag queens, and cats in space–these are just a few of the topics moving through my head on an average day as a Teen Librarian at Westerville Public Library. As Westerville’s only teen librarian, I present 5+ programs for ages 12-18 each month including two teen advisory boards, volunteer training, escape rooms, fan events, adulting classes, and more. In addition to programming, I coordinate 387 teen volunteers, organize the annual teen summer reading program, and manage the 7200 books in the teen collection.

Before working at Westerville, I built the teen department at the Henderson County Public Library. As the first teen librarian in Henderson, I purchased and managed the teen collection, planned the layout of the new physical space, and coordinated all programming.

Each day working with teenagers (aka giant toddlers) is a new adventure. Learn more about my work experience at my website.

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