School Library Program

School Librarian Marian Gierlach

School Librarian Marian Gierlach

I began working for Ash Creek Elementary School in 1998 as the Kindergarten aide and was then hired to run the Alice Woods/Sunizona Library—a joint-use school/county branch library on the Ash Creek campus–in 2001.  I enjoy my job so much that I intend to keep doing it until I retire.

I was born and raised in the northeast, moved to Arizona in 1968 and to Sunizona with my family in 1995. I studied early childhood education and visual arts at Wheelock College in Brookline Massachusetts and later received an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Pima Community College. After being hired for the library position, I attended four consecutive years of the Arizona State Library’s Summer Library Institute at the University of Arizona.

I have had various careers, first and foremost being mother of three wonderful children. I also spent 20 years as an artist/designer and craftsperson, and 10 years as a founding member of a Tucson based wildlife conservation organization. I couldn’t be happier with my present career as school and county branch librarian since two of my passions are books and children. I also enjoy gardening, the pets and small livestock at our family’s homestead and nursery and hiking and camping while exploring our beautiful corner of southeast Arizona.

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 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 a fluent reader and it is my pleasure to help kids find materials on their own reading level and about a subject they are interested in. My objective is to encourage our students to become lifelong learners and readers.