Hi! My name is Kim Szalai and I am so thankful to be the Brooks librarian. I love my job, reading and the kids! I feel privileged to work with every single student on campus. I began working in the Windsor schools in 2008 as a parent volunteer in the classrooms. I helped with Wednesday Mail, Picture Day, Art's Day, the Talent Show, Vision & Hearing Screening, the Brooks Site Council... ANYWHERE that I could be a help and cheer on my daughter and her schoolmates. In 2013 I was hired on as a Resource Specialist Para Educator. I supported students in their math, reading and writing, gaining me wonderful and valuable teaching experiences that I loved. In November 2015, I excitedly accepted the job of Library Specialist and have loved every minute since. I strive to engage with each student that walks through the doors...to encourage them during their day, to excite them about learning something new, to inform them on current events, history, important people and places and to provide a safe, fun, positive place for them to enjoy. When I'm not at work, I love being a wife, a mom, a worship leader at my church and a fun friend. I love Jesus, our cute cat, Dixie and our new, fun kitten, Boo. I love Christmas, singing and Disneyland. I love shaved ice, donuts, caramel apples and cotton candy. I love to kayak, go on long walks and scenic drives. I love traveling and exploring and hanging out with my friends. I love fireflies, twinkle lights, fireworks, glitter and sprinkles. I love watching chick flicks and going to concerts and Broadway musicals. Peonies, sunflowers and old fashioned roses are my favorite flowers. My favorite color is green. Coca-Cola is my favorite drink. I love Fall, fog and fires in the fireplace, 80's music, classic Charlie Brown cartoons, squirrels and of course READING and learning new things!
Some of my most favorite books are...
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Anne of Green Gables collection by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Little House on the Prairie collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Bargain for Francis by Russell Hoban
The Chronicles of Narnia collection by C. S. Lewis
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyon
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Some things on my bucket list...
See the Northern Lights
Experience Christmas in New York
Visit every Disney park in the world
See The Seven Wonders of the World
Perform on Broadway
Watch baby turtles hatch
Visit Prince Edward Island, the setting of Anne of Green Gables
Go to Hungary and research my heritage
Throw a dart at a map, be spontaneous and go to wherever it lands
Write a book and become an author
Visit Switzerland and the area where Heidi lived
Learn to paint well
Go to a fancy spa for the weekend with all my girlfriends and indulge in everything that they offer...massages, facials, whirlpools, saunas, yoga, mud baths, pedicures and manicures...the works!
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