Misty is the School Community Counselor and Librarian at Chief Sunrise Education Centre on the Katlodeeche First Nation in Hay River, Northwest Territories. She was born and raised in Hay River and went to the University of Lethbridge where she received her Bachelor of Arts. She has been working at Chief Sunrise for almost 6 years and loves working with kids. She is married and has a 7 year old son and a 4 year old daughter.
What’s an average day at your library?
It can be busy some days, and slow others. Having two positions requires me to split my time between the counselling aspect and the library aspect.
What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work?
I love being able to provide after school programming to our students. The students love it and look forward to it. I also love the fact that I can partner with different classes and programs within the school and get to read to our 3 & 4 year old Head Start students! I love it!
What are you reading or watching right now?
Currently reading: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Currently watching: Riverdale… my guilty pleasure!
What makes you passionate about library work?
Literary is so important, now more than ever with all of the technology we have. I also think reading actual physical books is much more satisfying than reading them online or on tablets. I love that I can get kids involved in helping to order books, they let me know what they would like to see on the shelves and I do my best to get those in. The more input I can get from them, the more buy in they have to actually use the library and read the books.
Why do you think library work is important?
Having a place to go that is quiet to be able to read or study is important. I also think that the programming that libraries put on are a great way for kids to get more involved and see what libraries can do. I am a firm believer of doing what is needed to get them in, and to start young. Some people find book prices expensive, but that is the beauty of a library, you can just borrow them for free!