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Janelle Valera, Literacy Matters Cohort Member 














Otis interview final cut from Janelle Valera on Vimeo.


This video was made using Microsoft Movie Maker and hosted on Vimeo.com, 2013.




JV: Wake up, pst, wake up Otis


OT: Oh, yeah, yeah; I’m ready.  How do I look?


JV: You look great; now come on. Let’s get started.


OT: Okay, okay, uh, hello. This is Otis reporting live from the Huntsville Public Library in Huntsville Texas, speaking with my favorite children’s librarian, Miss Janelle Valera. How are you today?


JV: I’m doing great, Otis.


OT: I’ve asked you here today because I have a few questions for you.  I want to know, what is it that you do here at the library?


JV: Well, Otis, I’m glad you asked.  You see, right now I’m a children’s coordinator at the Huntsville Public Library, but someday I’d like to be a children’s librarian focusing on early literacy.


OT: Wow… what’s the difference?


JV: That means that right now, I have the awesome job of working with kids… and dogs… in a library, but as a children’s librarian, I’ll not only just work with children, but I’ll get to partner with other literacy professionals, in actively shaping how literacy is explored and incorporated in the lives of young readers around the nation today… and tomorrow.


OT: I don’t get it.


JV: Oh Otis!  You know how I wake you up every Wednesday morning for story hour…


OT: Yeah


JV: And you know how there are always kids who are so excited to see you and listen to a story…


OT: Yeah


JV: Well, that’s not good enough for me.


OT: WHAT???!!!


JV: I don’t just want to have happy excited kids one day a week.  I want happy exited kids who love to learn every moment of every day.  I want moms and dads, and grandmas, grandpas, big brothers and sisters to get involved too.  I want to be part of a community of professional literacy lovers who are just as excited about kids and learning as I am.  Forget the Justice League; I want to be part of the Literacy League!


OT: Wow, that’s awesome, just like super hero stuff!


JV: It is; children’s librarians are like super heroes; they work hard to make our communities a better place, one child at a time.


OT: Is that why you’re always studying?


JV: Yes, Otis.  Those kinds of dreams don’t happen overnight; they require hard work.  I’m just lucky that I was given an opportunity to fill those dreams through my scholarship with the Literacy Matters project at Texas Woman’s University.  It means that I have the opportunity to join with other literacy lovers and one day we will be the super heroes of tomorrow; we will be early literacy librarians.


OT: That’s all the time we have for today.  Thank you for visiting with me and my good friend, Miss Janelle Valera.  If you don’t mind, I have a nap to get to!


JV: Oh, Otis!




Literacy Matters Logo created at Tagxedo.com



Janelle's Literacy Matters projects:


Asset-Based Community Development


Children's Literature Blog


Digital Advocacy Story


Preschool Storytime Program


Web 2.0 Tool Project

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