Library Lines – 12/1/20

Poor Ms. Erin is constantly being called Ms. Anna, so I want to make sure to give you a proper and thorough introduction to her.

Erin Clarke is the Eaton Rapids Area District Library’s Children’s Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University in 2015, and went on to receive her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2019.

Before coming to ERADL she worked for several different news stations (you may remember her from when she reported the traffic as Erin Ehlke), and as a book shelver for the East Lansing Public Library. Luckily, we were able to pull her away from her previous jobs in July of 2016, and the rest is history!

Erin’s favorite thing about working for the Library is her preschool story times. We are fortunate enough to have been invited into most of the preschool classrooms on a monthly basis in Eaton Rapids where she gets to sing, dance, and be silly with some of her biggest fans. Unfortunately she hasn’t been able to meet with them in person this year, but Erin has managed to keep the Library’s partnerships alive with recorded story times.

While this may be her favorite part of working for the Library, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that she is also responsible for all of the memes and funny posts (really the majority of our posts) on our social media platforms; so everytime you laugh or smile while scrolling through your feeds, you have Erin to thank!

Erin is an incredibly avid reader, and I’m pretty sure her recommendations change on a weekly basis; but for now she would recommend biographies, specifically Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and for her young friends, any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems. Erin also loves to play board games, and encourages everyone to check out the Library’s extensive Things collection, especially “Ticket to Ride.”

Lastly, Erin was married in 2018 to her husband Alex, and they live on his family’s farm with their two cats, Bubba and Fluffy.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Erin a little bit better, and will continue to interact with her on our social media pages so she doesn’t get too lonely while our building is closed to in-person services.

If you have questions or comments about the Library please contact me directly (acurtis@eradl.org or 517-663-0950 x401).