Staff Profile

Amy Koester

Learning Experiences Manager

Learning Experiences

Amy supports a team of staff who develop and provide library events for all ages, hands-on learning opportunities, and information and reference services. She also works with the Civic Lab team. Amy is active with the Association for Library Service to Children and is always eager to talk about Jane Austen, One Direction, and space opera.

Blog Posts

COVID-19 Resources from the Library

Watch recordings and download resources from two recent library events to help you understand COVID-19 and how it impacts your family.

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Celebrating and Reflecting on Juneteenth

Join us in celebrating and reflecting on Juneteenth.

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Observing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

Our staff has planned events and curated book and movie lists to center and uplift the diversity of Skokie’s AAPI population. We invite you to enjoy and explore.

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There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

I have a brother, but I've always been interested in the dynamics that seem to exist between sisters. Maybe it's due to seeing my mother's relationships with her own two sisters. I've collected both fiction and nonfiction that explore the depths of these sisterly relationships--the love, the loathing, the closeness, and the isolation.

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Special Structures

Sometimes you read a book and marvel at the characters or plot, and sometimes you read a book and marvel at how the author constructed the story itself. If you're looking for engaging books with interesting framing structures, this list is for you.

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Favorites from Ethan Long

Children's book author/ illustrator Ethan Long is visiting the library November 20, 2015 and we are very excited! We'd like to share some of our favorites among his books.

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Surprising Speakers

Sometimes a good story becomes a great one because of a key factor: the narrator. Whether they have an unexpected narrator or a narrator whose voice cannot be fully trusted, these novels tell great and unexpected stories.

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Families are Complicated

Tolstoy famously started Anna Karenina with the line: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Happy and unhappy is well and good, but what about the quirks and complications that come with family ties? These novels are rife with it--and may just make you want to call your family to say you didn't have it that bad after all.

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Great Reads for a Classroom Visit

When you're invited to read a book to a classroom of early elementary school children the pressure is on to choose a great read-aloud story. Any of the titles on this list are sure to be a success during your next classroom visit.

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