Welcome to Lil' Country Librarian

Welcome! Lil' Country Librarian is a blog devoted to assisting elementary teacher-librarians and early childhood teachers/parents in finding resources quickly and inexpensively. You will find lesson plans, classroom tips, resource links and printables that will make teaching library easier and more meaningful for your students. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please come back soon!

About Me

Welcome! I'm Marlana Howerton and this is my twelth year teaching in a rural school district in southwest Missouri. I initially created this blog to compile lessons, ideas and printables that would make teaching easier and more meaningful to my Kindergarten students. Now, I'm currently a Kindergarten through 6th grade Library Media Specialist.


I am happily married with two precious children, a son and a daughter. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU, now MSU) in 1998. After graduation, I also became certified in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education and provisional Special Reading Certification. I received my Master's degree in Reading from SMSU in 2003. Most recently, I have received additional training in working with students with autism and students with visual impairments.
 
Throughout my teaching career, I have taken several years off to raise my family. I am currently in my third year as Library Media Specialist/Librarian at our school. Before that, I taught 8 years of Kindergarten and one year of Title I Remedial Reading (grades 1-6).

I have contributed several activities to Mailbox magazine that have been published.  I have also had teacher created materials published at atozteacherstuff.com. I also enjoy creating products and printables for my TpT store, as well.
 
When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and daughter. Being a mommy is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I take my role as a mother very seriously. If there is any time left at the end of the day,  I enjoy thrift store shopping, adding to my blog, going to yard sales, making boutique bows, gardening, and doing practically anything while being with my family and friends.



 
 {My hubby and me}


{Cole and Audrey}