School Library Program

School Librarian Marian Gierlach

School Librarian Marian Gierlach

I began working at Ash Creek School in 1998 as the Kindergarten aide. In May of 2001 I was hired to run the Alice Woods/Sunizona Library, a joint-use school/county branch library. I held both the county and school librarian positions until September 2021 when I retired as the county library branch manager but kept my job as the Ash Creek School librarian.

I miss my county library patrons but, since reading and encouraging children to become lifelong readers and learners is my passion, I am happy that I can continue to do that but also have more time for my family, and other interests.

As part of the school library program, Ash Creek students come to the library with their class once a week to check out books to read both for enjoyment and to fulfill classroom assignments. I coordinate with the teachers to make the library program supplement the classroom curriculum. I love reading aloud to students to help them develop an enjoyment and appreciation for stories and the printed word. It is so rewarding to witness that special moment when a student becomes fluent in reading and it is my pleasure to help kids find materials on their own reading level about something that they are interested in.

Marian has officially retired as of September 20, 2021.