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Anne Stahl - Librarian

Hello!  My name is Anne Stahl.  Being the librarian of the Bridgewater-Emery Schools has been one of the most interesting and rewarding jobs I have ever had.  I love being able to connect with all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Matching reluctant junior high/high school readers with books they like and hearing later they want to find “more like that” is always a highlight.  Another joy is seeing the faces of elementary students when they remember it is “library day!”

I was born and raised on a ranch near Union Center, SD where I have some of my favorite childhood memories.  Later my parents moved to a farm near Fulton, SD and I later graduated from Hanson High School.  The next step was two years at Augustana University before meeting my husband Kenny and changing majors from elementary education to “farm wife!”  Our immediate family has grown to include two children, Cody married to Emily, and Lisa married to Joe Gossett.  Grandkids Ally and Trayce bring a lot of fun and joy to our lives!

Over the years I have worked as a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher (K-12), and distance learning E-mentor in the Bridgewater School.  In 2010, I became a full-time student at SDSU and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. degree in psychology along with a minor in criminal justice through USD.  I later worked as a public librarian in Freeman for 3 years before my current position as the B-E School librarian.

Learning (and that doesn’t always include books!) is important to me.  In the decade of my 40’s I took drum set lessons and guitar lessons, passed the Riders Edge Safety class and got my motorcycle license, and learned how to shoot bow and arrow.  The decade of my 50’s has been more fitting to be classified as being filled with life lessons that I did not necessarily choose, but with God’s help I hopefully have become a more empathetic and compassionate person to others, having experienced some difficult life-situations myself.

Working in our school is a great place to be!  Every day is a new adventure in anticipating who He will have me connect with, whether it be through books or conversation.  Most often I am the one who is blessed! I am eagerly looking forward to what is ahead in the next school year.

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