Mrs. Schmidt

Laurie Schmidt
Laurie Schmidt

Elementary Media Center

phone: 320.245.2289x6171

As the East Central Elementary Library/Media Center Program Coordinator, I have the joy and privilege of engaging children with literature in exciting, innovative ways.  Whether we're performing puppet shows from picture books or creating digital storytelling memories on the iPads, we are busy celebrating literacy and encouraging lifelong readers.

I have always adored books.  Growing up in Norfolk, Nebraska, I spent my free time reading through the lists my mother made of Caldecott and Newberry Award winners.  Laura Ingalls Wilder books made me shiver on hot summer days.  I screamed with delight when I solved an Encyclopedia Brown mystery without looking at the solution page in the back.

After graduating from Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska, I worked in the media department for the University of Nebraska at Omaha Medical Center Children's Rehabilitation Unit creating informational media packages for parents. Finding myself drifting away from hands on work with children, I returned to school and after earning a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in Speech-Theatre Education I began my career as a storyteller.

I eventually settled down in rural Minnesota and began teaching for East Central in 1992.  I taught English for 20 years at Crossroads Learning Center, an experience that will always be near and dear to my heart.  In 2010, I was reassigned to the Elementary Library and began reconnecting with my roots in children's literature. I am rewarded daily with the young energy and delight of beginning readers.

I live in Sturgeon Lake with my husband, Ken spending my free time reading, gardening and stargazing.  I have one daughter, Emily, a poet and bookseller, living in Duluth whom I visit every chance I get.

If you've read a good book you'd like to discuss or have any questions about the library and its activities, I'd love to chat with you.  
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