Welcome to my website! My name is Stephanie Croaning and I have started down the path to a new career. Quite honestly, it has taken me 40-some years to finally figure out what I want to be when I grow up!
A 21st century elementary school librarian
I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and graduated in 1989 from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN with a BA in Classical Languages and a minor in art history. After college I settled in the Indianapolis area and worked for 13 years at the Indiana Arts Commission. After the birth of my second child, I left the workforce and focused on raising my family.
I volunteered extensively in my children’s elementary school, and eight years ago began working as a substitute teacher in the library, but I also teach kindergarten through 5th grades. During the past eight years, I have discovered a passion and gift for working with young students.
My goals as a 21st century librarian are to provide the encouragement, resources, and environment that students need in order to develop information literacy skills, excel in the school curriculum, and engage in a lifelong love of recreational reading.
In accordance with the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, developed by the American Association of School Librarians, I will help students use skills, resources, & tools to:
- Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
- Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
- Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
- Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
To find out more about being a 21st century librarian, please check out my “Learning in the Library” page.
I hope you enjoy reading my reviews of elementary and middle grade books.