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Sophie is thrilled to be starting her first year at WMS as the school’s librarian. Born and raised in rural Massachusetts, Sophie went on to receive a BA in Literature and Criticism from Hunter College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Library Science from Syracuse University. As a seasoned nanny and harp instructor, Sophie has developed a creative and sensitive approach to childhood education. Her love for children’s literature deepened while observing her grandmother create illustrations and draft stories for a series of children’s books. While at WMS, Sophie aims to promote curiosity and a life-long love for books and libraries by reading diverse literature and collaborating with children and teachers to develop activities that will deepen their reading comprehension.
To learn a little more about Sophie, read this brief interview:
1. How did your childhood influence your interest in books? You watched your grandmother write and illustrate a series of children’s books — is there any one memory that stands out? What were her books about?
I grew up in a semi-rural area with a small forest in my backyard that I was able to explore alone. I think all that exploring made me extremely curious and when I came home with a snake or worm or leaf I would ask my parents more about them and they would eventually walk me to the library where we would find books on the subject. As for my grandmother, she REALLY lived in the woods and spent her time creating a miniature Acorn People world. She graduated with an art degree from RISD and spent her remaining years creating children’s story books centering around her art. It’s a little hard to explain this is a link to her work http://nancydickinson.net/acornpeople/Diorama_Menu_1.html.
2. Do you find any similarities between playing and teaching harp and reading books or being a librarian?
There are many similarities to teaching harp to children and being a children’s librarian. In both instances, all involved get to escape and go on an adventure together! During both classes we explore various emotions, locations and situations.
3. What advice would you give to parents about generating a love for books and reading from an early age?
Of course, read together as often as you can. I’d also recommend that instead of doing a quick google search to share a picture of, say, a platypus or Rome to a curious child, take the time to go with them to the library to find a book on the subject.
4. When did you know you wanted to become a librarian?
I knew, for sure, that I’d like to become a librarian while I was nannying two toddlers years ago. Almost daily we would walk hand-in-hand to their local library and discover something new every day. Our trip to the library really inspired us. After, we would make soundtracks for the books we read, cook foods we read about, or dive into related art projects. Libraries truly empower people at any age.
5. Favorite children’s book?
It is too hard to choose. I have a real soft spot for “Pancakes, pancakes!” by Eric Carle and “Oh, Say Can You Say?” by Dr. Seuss. I also love newer interactive books like “Press Here” by Tullet and extra expressive books by Mo Willems.
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