July 2023 Linda Jerome

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Linda Jerome | July 2023

For which library, institution, or organization are you currently employed? If you are retired, what was your former organization?
La Crosse Public Library

How many year(s) have you been a member of Wisconsin Library Association?
22 years

What has been your favorite or most impactful function or event of WLA?
There have been so many! It's always great fun to get to meet and work with authors and illustrators, as I'm always fascinated by their process and how they come up with ideas. It's so cool to hear their stories and then share that with the kids and teens I work with! 

How has being a member of WLA impacted you or your career?
It has played a large role in my career as it has provided me with not only with a great support system but I've also learned so much from my wonderful colleagues all over Wisconsin. Their work has not only inspired me but also challenged me and I couldn't be more grateful! 

Do you have a library role model (in Wisconsin or elsewhere) that has provided you with inspiration or guidance? Please share a little bit about it. 

I have a fabulous role model in my dear friend and colleague, Shawn Brommer. Shawn and I met as aides, shelving books in the children's room at La Crosse Public Library and she has been my role model and mentor ever since--how lucky am I? Shawn is such a thoughtful, caring, hilarious, quirky and downright fun person and I would never have made it this far without her wisdom and support. You're the best, Shawn!

 Do you have any advice for new WLA members?

Get involved with WLA--no matter how small your role might be to start. It might take awhile to find your people but once you do, it'll be a game changer.