Lisa Christoffersen lives in Camanche with her husband and son, and works as a media specialist in the libraries of Jefferson and Bluff elementary schools in Clinton. Find out more about her in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.
As someone who works in a library, how do you get children to become more active in reading?
We have a couple of programs like our battle of the books is a big event for the year. This is a district-wide event. We chose 10 books this year; then they know those books and read them and we have a competition that is like a trivial style competition after school. That’s one way to get them involved. We have displays like a section of new books; they love that. Dr. Suess’s birthday is this week so we have a Dr. Suess display.
How do you use days like Dr. Suess Day to encourage children to read?
Well, like for instance, on Friday we had guest readers come so that shows the kids that it’s important to be a lifelong learner and reader. That really motivates them.
What is your favorite children’s book?
My favorite children’s book would probably be “Bad Case of Stripes.” I like it because it is about feeling OK to be different.
Do you have a favorite memory from when you were in elementary school?
I remember the smell of the books. I love the smell of book and I don’t care if that makes me sound weird.
Who is your favorite made-up character?
Oh, Skippyjon Jones and he is a siamese cat and I do an impersonation of him. (In voice) My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a siamese cat — I am chihuahua.