Welcome to Lil' Country Librarian

Lil' Country Librarian is a blog devoted to assisting elementary 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 eleventh 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 teacher-librarian. 

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 first year as 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}

Here's a short video of pictures taken of me with my teacher friends and family at all different events throughout the last few years. I enjoy being able to attend conferences, do charity work and just plain have fun with doing so many fun things in and out of school with such amazing people! I'm proud to be a teacher and to have made lifelong friends!