“KICS found me.” Katharina Stevens has served as the KICS Librarian since 2012, when KICS staff connected with her through a job website. Having grown up in Germany until the age of 13, Katharina used her experience to lead her to become a librarian. “In high school, I decided I wanted to be a librarian for missionary kids and third culture kids so that they wouldn’t have the problem of running out of books to read that I had before we left Germany.”
After leaving Germany, Katharina’s family relocated back to the U.S. She was homeschooled until going to Cedarville University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. Katharina then received her master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Although most students think that Katharina’s role as the school librarian is just to check books in and out of the library and read to students, there is much more to her job! Her education and experience in library science also encompass cataloging and ordering books (which takes many hours) and researching topics for other staff or for students. “When teachers ask me for resources on a topic, I create a book list for them and often times deliver a stack of resources to their room,” says Katharina. On top of this, she is also always keeping an ear out for new books that the library patrons would be interested in.
Katharina also spends many hours keeping track of book bingo, cleaning up the library, repairing books, helping students with homework, organizing book sales and even repairing things like a teddy bear and a whistle!
Although she stays very busy keeping the library running, Katharina says it’s worth it. “I love seeing a kid get excited about a book. It’s great when someone is asking for a particular genre or topic and I can point them to a book that interests them,” states Katharina.
Her personal mission at KICS is that every student would graduate valuing literacy and with a love of reading and life-long learning. This is something close to her heart. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but Katharina loves to read. In fact, in 2018 she read 254 books!
Katharina also loves to travel. Living in Rwanda has opened the doors for her to travel to many countries, including one that doesn’t exist anymore. Two of her favorite experiences since living in Rwanda have been seeing the gorillas and hiking Mount Nyiragongo.
And if that’s not enough, she also has many other talents and hobbies, such as playing the flute, building puzzles and playing strategy board games. She plays the flute in the Injyana orchestra and encourages everyone to come to their concert on March 17, 2019!