This page was updated on November 23, 2013.
My name is Katie Fitzgerald. I'm in my early 30's, and I hold degrees in English and Library Science. I have nearly seven years of experience in public libraries. From early 2007 to 2010, I worked at the Josephine-Louise Public Library in Walden, NY. From late 2010 to late 2013, I was a children's librarian in a busy branch of the DC Public Library. I have recently left this position in order to stay home with my first child. Though I am not currently employed by a library, I continue to maintain two blogs related to library issues and materials.
About My BlogsHere at Secrets & Sharing Soda, I review realistic fiction books for beginning, middle grade, and young adult readers, and I make recommendations about the suitability of these books for their target age ranges and for library collections. At Story Time Secrets, I post about early literacy, story time, and quality library service, and I review one picture book each week. Beginning in October 2013, I am also a library resources writer for The Library Adventure, a collaborative blog celebrating libraries. I write monthly articles addressing the needs and concerns of children's librarians.
Currently, I update this blog four days a week. Sundays are devoted to older titles published before the year 2000. On Tuesdays, I always post about a middle grade title, and on Wednesdays, I post about a middle grade or YA title. Fridays are reserved for easy readers and chapter books. Story Time Secrets is updated twice a week - posts about library service and early literacy are published on Mondays, and picture book reviews are published on Thursdays.
The title of this blog is taken from a Joni Mitchell song, called "Conversation," which appears on her 1970 album, Ladies of the Canyon.
Secrets and sharing soda
That's how our time began
Love is a story told to a friend
It's second hand
Though the song doesn't have much to do with books, or with children, I think the phrase "Secrets and Sharing Soda" evokes a certain childhood innocence. Many of the books I like to read are about young friendship, and when I hear this line, I think of little girls whispering to one another on the walk home from school, or sharing a Coke on the front steps on a hot summer day.
To listen to "Conversation," click here.