Blogger Lisa Taylor

Hello, my name is …

“Hello, my name is Mrs. Taylor.  Grownups may call me Lisa.”  A bit lengthy, but that’s how I introduce myself to new groups of kids.

I made a conscious decision when I became a children’s librarian to use “Mrs. Taylor,” rather than the more common, “Miss Lisa,” used by many public librarians. My rationale was this: I will have the same “customers” for many years – at least from birth to well, whatever we eventually decide.  I’m not convinced that “Miss Lisa” is something kids will want to call me when they’re ‘tweens, teens and older. Moreover, once in school, they become accustomed to calling people by a title and surname. Mrs. Taylor, I thought, is a name that will work. Perfect!

So, on a recent visit to my local Head Start (where I’ve been visiting regularly for years), how was I greeted?

“Hi Libary!”  “Hey! It’s the libarian!”  “Miss Lisa’s here!”  “It’s the library lady!”

And my personal favorite, “I love you, Miz Tyler.”

In the end, I don’t really care what they call me.  I’m just so pleased that they’re glad to see me!

One comment

  1. Abby

    Yup, I get “Library Lady” pretty often. I also get Miss Amy sometimes (no one seems to be able to remember the name Abby…). And yesterday at an afterschool visit, I was called “Teacher”. I’ll answer to anything, especially when kids are excited about books!

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