2.98-mile walk/run on May 1 will raise money for District 161 schools

Kathy Tisoncik, librarian at H-F High School. She started working there in 2002.

I had always hoped to work at H-F one day, but never thought the opportunity would come along. I found myself sitting next to the assistant superintendent at a College to Careers Committee meeting one day and I mentioned I had a degree in school librarianship. The rest is history.

I have a “memorable moment” every time students who are not “readers” come in looking for a book because the teacher told them they needed to check one out and a few days later come back for more. I love sharing my enthusiasm for literature and love of reading with students.


My biggest challenge has been trying to keep up with technology. I remember back in the late1970s when I was working on my library degree and the university added a new class, “Computers in Libraries.” We all laughed and said, “Why would anyone take that class?” How times change!

I have really enjoyed being involved in the International Baccalaureate program and working closely with those students. It’s been very rewarding to have a part in such a worthwhile program and hope it ultimately expands to include more students.

I will miss the students, of course, but will also miss the wonderful staff. I remember when I first started how impressed I was with the degree of professionalism exhibited by all faculty members. They are all so creative and intelligent and I’ve learned so much from them.

I plan to stay in the community and will continue to work part-time at the Homewood Library. I will also continue as a member of the Flossmoor Library Board of Trustees. Obviously, libraries are my life!

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