Public Services, Librarian, Ellensburg Public Library
Working at the Ellensburg Public Library for nearly 15 years as the Youth Services Librarian has been the most enjoyable and rewarding experience. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I found my first professional position in this small, but thriving community in the heart of WA. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in Native American Studies from University of California, Irvine and went on to complete my Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Never in a million years would I have thought to be working in a library! Growing up playing sports and watching lots of television, reading, school and anything academic was of no interest to me at all.
Oddly, my running career carried me through my academic track with athletic recruitments and scholarships. My love of running helped me to focus on my studies, leading to many great adventures post-secondary school, on the field and in a library. I interned at the Bowers Museum and Southwest Museum in California as well as the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. When I volunteered at local preschools performing story time, it was there I found my calling to work with young children. Though I may still cringe in having to read a book over 200 pages long, I thoroughly enjoy my work at the library --advocating literacy, early learning and reading. I am still an avid runner, mother to the cutest dogs ever and wife to the fabulous Chef KC.
BY JOSEPHINE CAMARILLO
@ VOL 4
ON NOV 13, 2015
Josephine Caramillo shares her enthusiasm for story time as education and entertainment, empowering children with knowledge and confidence to be their own superheroes through story time. As illustrated by her programs, a library can provide for more than the development of a love of books and literacy, it can provide for the development of children’s motor skills, social skills and more.