Look Around the Kids Area
Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play! (Click here for a hand-ready card.) We make it easy to engage in these early literacy practices* with your child at Pauline Haass Public Library. Visit the Early Reading Play Areas set up throughout our children’s department. You’ll find simple toys and interactive activities created or chosen by our children’s services staff. For kids it’s pure fun, yet every activity is designed around the practices that instill important early literacy skills.
*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 and also worked as a four year old teacher at KinderCare. She enjoys finding new books for all readers and loves when they fall in love with their new find. While she reads a lot of YA, some of her favorite Children’s books are The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston, More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt and the Harry Potter series (which she has read 4 times through).
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.
Nancy Aycock, Children’s Library Associate
Nancy Aycock has been a Youth Services Library Associate since the Fall of 2019. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree from Cardinal Stritch University and is pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before joining the Pauline Haass Public Library, Nancy worked as a Library Associate at the Waukesha Public Library and as a Teaching Artist at an after-school community arts program. She continues to practice art, loves makerspaces, and believes everyone can create! Nancy enjoys talking about children’s books and helping young readers find new stories to enjoy. She is a fan of adventure series based on mythology like The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan and Kiranmala and The Kingdom Beyond by Sayantani DasGupta. One of her favorite picture books is The Adventure of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Nancy has a special love for unicorns, pandas, and narwhals!