Children & Parents

Chelsea Gabrielson is the Youth Services Librarian at Grace Mellman Community Library. IMG_1354

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone Studies from Humboldt State University and holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, where she enjoyed her Children’s Literature and Programming classes. She also worked at several public libraries and the medical library at Tufts University before landing back in her sunny Temecula, CA hometown.

About five years ago, Chelsea started her library career at Grace Mellman Community Library as a Library Associate I. She is happy to be back and is excited for the chance to finally crawl through the storytime tunnel, something she always wanted to do as a child. She invites all storytime parents and older siblings to crawl through the tunnel with her!

Chelsea’s philosophy about librarianship is similar to Ranganathan’s rule: “Every reader their book. Every book its reader.” She believes any kind of reading is good reading and likes to read across all genres and formats. She likes to mix classics and new books in her storytime as a way to revisit old favorites and give a taste of what’s new in children’s literature. She is excited to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) principles into our program offerings. This summer expect a fun Summer Reading Program with dinosaurs, puppets, live animals, and of course stories, songs, and dancing!

Chelsea likes to dabble in many arts and crafts, such as macrame, stamp carving, sewing, and watercolors. She collects vinyl, enjoys music, and loves to hide silly drawings between the pages of library books! Her husband is also a librarian and her two year old daughter Maggie is destined to be one as well. Chelsea’s favorite children’s author is Maurice Sendak and she loves all of his work as his words and illustrations are imaginative, unique, and equally incredible.

A few things about the children’s library staff:

  1. We read children’s books. We are both lifelong learners. We both believe that knowledge is meant to be shared.
  2. Lisa Oda is the mother of two boys who attend school in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. She is also a trained assistant Boy Scout Master. In addition to her love of children’s literature, Lisa is training in ethnobotany. She runs the knitting and crocheting program at the library.