The Wyoming State Library welcomes Paige Bredenkamp to its staff as the School Library Consultant. She will be the point of contact for school library employees who have questions or need to consult an expert.
Paige has worked both in the classroom and as a school librarian. She taught 7th and 8th grade English and was a K-8 librarian in Rushville, Nebraska for four years before moving to Torrington in 2011 to work as a K-5 librarian. She moved to Cheyenne last year and was a Title I tutor at Lebhart Elementary and Fairview Elementary.
She has a B.A. in English literature from Humboldt State University and a B.S. in education from Chadron State College. She holds a school library media endorsement and is currently working on her MLIS through San Jose State University.
Paige said her love for children and books initially drew her to school librarianship. As she delved into it, she learned the ins and outs of the teaching and the technology. “What I want to do now is support school librarians,” she said. “I want to help them find strong footholds in their districts so that they can make the school library a great place for the kids.”
As part of WSL’s Library Development Office, Paige will offer training and consulting and act as a liaison among stakeholders. This is the first time the Wyoming State Library has had someone on staff specifically tasked with the needs of school libraries, teacher-librarians, and non-certified school library employees.
“We’re excited to have someone who can fully focus on school libraries here at the state level,” Interim State Librarian Jamie Markus said, “and Paige brings the perfect set of skills to the job. She knows the day-to-day challenges out there. We hope school librarians will feel free to call on her any time she can help.”
Paige may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-6331.