Look Around the Kids Area
Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play! We make it easy to engage in these early literacy practices* with your child at Pauline Haass Public Library.
*Established by the Public Library Association’s “Every Child Ready to Read” Initiative.
Meet Our Staff
Valerie Johnson, Children’s Services Manager
Valerie Johnson has been the Children’s Services Manager since summer 2014. Prior to Pauline Haass Public Library she managed the children’s department at the Oshkosh Public Library, and worked as a children’s librarian and language arts teacher in Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Marywood University, and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. At the age of nine she decided to be a librarian when she grew up and now immensely enjoys her job, especially when she witnesses excitement for books and a growing love of reading in children at the library. She loves silly books like Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera and sweet books like This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary. She has read the entire Little House series eight times and can’t wait to start it again.
Teresa Douglas, Children’s Librarian
Teresa has been a Children’s Librarian since 2017. She has received a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to the Pauline Haass Public Library, Teresa was the reference intern for both the Children and Adult departments at the New Berlin Public Library. Teresa enjoys planning and running some of our bigger programs such as Harry Potter book night, KiddieCon and our popular American Girl programs. She loves coming up with new program ideas so everyone in the community can find one they want to attend. She enjoys finding new books for all readers and loves when they fall in love with their new find. Some of Teresa’s favorite books are our large collection of spooky books, horse books, summer camp books, and, of course, Harry Potter.
Katie Mueller, Children’s Library Associate
Katie Mueller has been a Youth Services Associate at Pauline Haass Public Library since 2006. Previously she ran her own in-home childcare before becoming a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Katie grew up in the area and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education at Concordia University in Mequon. She is responsible for creating the children’s room decorations and designing most of our printed materials. She particularly enjoys working with school age kids, whether in a craft program or the KidsLab maker space, which she helped to create. Katie is a fan of fantasy books and loves the fantasy setting and action stories of author John Flanagan.
Victoria VanZile, Children’s Library Associate
Victoria VanZile has been a Youth Services Associate at Pauline Haass Public Library since the summer of 2017. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from MATC Madison and a B.A. in religion from Wartburg College in Iowa, where her favorite class by far was Children’s Literature. Before joining the library staff Victoria was a K3/K4 teacher in Milwaukee. She also worked in a children’s bookstore in Minneapolis for many years (the one with the Manx cats and bantam chickens that run around the store — so she is used to chaos). Victoria is the mother of four active children (see previous comment about chaos). Her favorite read-aloud picture books are by Phyllis Root and her favorite illustrators are LeUyen Pham, Kadir Nelson, and Yuyi Morales. If you mention anything about Doctor Who, she will be your new best friend.
MJ Jorn, Children’s Library Associate
MJ joined the youth services team in May 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Architectural Engineering from Korea University in Seoul. She also holds a Ph.D. in Architecture – Environment Behavior Design, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. MJ has kept her passion for books from her childhood! As a child, she used to hide under her blankets with a flashlight to read books past bedtime, and that is how she ended up with her glasses. She loves delving into mysteries, horrors, and detective novels, but she also loves reading fantasy, mythology, and fables from around the world. Her favorite children’s classics are Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. Some of her favorite characters from children’s books include Calvin, Dory Fantasmagory, Olivia, and Amelia Bedelia (not the classic one). MJ also works as a substitute educational staff member in the K12 system at the Menomonee Falls and Elmbrook School Districts.