New youth services librarian calls her Antigo post a 'dream job'|
|Jackie Rammer has a thing about books—she loves them, everything about them.|
The Antigo Public Library’s new youth services librarian knew her career path at age four, when she got her first library card.
“I was obsessed with going to the library,” she said.
Rammer is a native of Kohler and, after high school, attended Marquette University. In a hurry to get started on her career, she graduated in just three years, Magna Cum Laude, with a major in writing-intensive English.
She tried her hand at teaching freshmen English at Marquette for a year, discovering that she was better at handing out books than grades, and returned to graduate school, earning her master’s degree in library and information sciences in May from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The Antigo job, which she started in March, is a dream position for a recent graduate, she said.
“I love it,” Rammer said. “I found the job online and I had never heard of Antigo. But when I came here to interview I fell in love with the library and got the job.”
Rammer said she hopes to build on some already popular children’s department traditions, such as story time, while adding some flourishes of her own, such as new and improved programs to connect middle and high school-aged readers with the library.
“I’m working to get more teens into the library,” she said. “There’s not really a place for them to go in Antigo. I’m hoping to hook them before they graduate high school.”
Libraries in recent years have tried to become different things to different clienteles, such as adding Internet cafes, digital offerings and DVRs, but Rammer is a fan of physical books, especially for children.
She’s hoping to reorganize the children’s section to emphasize Caldecott Award winners—regardless of age and current popularity—since “they are the foundation for youth literature,” she said. And she’s brought out the pop-up books that were previously shelved out of sight, noting that younger patrons love the combination of play, engineering and reading.
She’s also reorganizing the Easy Readers to focus on attractive displays by proficiency levels, “instead of a just a bunch of bookshelves filled with books.”
And right now, the summer library program is in full swing, serving over 200 readers between the ages of two and 18, who compete for prizes tailored for age level depending on the number of books completed.
Rammer may be a newcomer to the northwoods, but she has an adventurous streak, ready to try what the area has to offer.
“My idea of camping is staying at a Holiday Inn,” she joked, adding she would like to give that a try.
But her first love remains reading and books.
“I feel like I have found my dream job,” she said.
Youth Services Librarian Jackie Rammer on the job.
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