ALSC Member Profile

Meet Katie Connelly – ALSC’s Award Coordinator

Earlier this year, Katie Connelly joined the ALSC staff as Awards Coordinator. Here is your chance to learn a bit more about Katie through a series of questions.

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Photo courtesy of Katie Connelly

What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I’m the new Awards Coordinator at ALSC! I’ve been here for five months and am enjoying learning the ins and outs of the role and being a part of this awesome team!

Do you prefer to read newspapers in paper or online?

Most of the time I read the news online. But there’s something really nice about starting a weekend morning off with a newspaper and a cup of coffee in hand.

Is there a book which you love to read over and over again? What is it?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. One of my teachers had our class read it in 7th grade, and it has ‘haunted my house pleasantly’ every year since.

What is the best thing about working in the ALSC office?

The people! The ALSC team is small but mighty and very passionate about the work of the association. My coworkers are also incredibly kind, fun, and have been so welcoming to me from day one.

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Growing up I read and reread every Nancy Drew book there was. Need a mystery solved or a case cracked? I’m ready.

What’s your favorite season? Why?

Fall is my absolute favorite season. Sweatshirts, crisp air, apple cider, tailgates, colorful leaves, bonfires, pumpkin carving, my birthday…what’s not to love??

How do you advocate for children and libraries?

I think ALSC’s book and media awards serve a crucial role in elevating the status of children’s books and the importance of making these diverse and wonderful stories accessible to all children through libraries. As a kid, it was always so exciting to choose a book at the library with one of those shiny stickers on the cover, and now it’s such an honor to help administer these awards as a member of the ALSC team.

What is your favorite term people use to describe you?

Empathetic.

Who is the last person you said “Thank You” to?

The kind stranger who warned me of the fresh gum on the sidewalk I was about to step in.

What is your very earliest memory?

It’s hard to pinpoint my first memory, but luckily for me my parents were big fans of those now old-school video cameras. There is nothing more embarrassing or hilarious than watching hours of unedited home videos.

Thanks so much, Katie!  It’s been great to learn a bit more about you!

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