After completing her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Northern Arizona University while working as a shelver in the college library, Colleen Willis proudly announced that she was never working in another library again. Three years later she had an MLS degree from the University of Arizona, completed while working in the Arizona State University Law Library. Having taken advantage of the three major universities in Arizona, she decided to give the public library a shot and moved to California to follow her true passion, working with children.
Colleen has spent the last eleven years working as a children’s librarian for the Anaheim Public Library. She got her start in storytelling because she can imitate a pig snort that can be heard all the way from the back of the room. That and her excellent puppetry skills were enough to hook her on children's storytimes.
Her main objective as an instructor is to motivate her fellow storytellers to inspire families with the joys of storytelling and to help them to become life-long library users.
As of 2012 Colleen relocated to Virginia with her family and currently works for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. as the Senior Digital Resources Librarian. Her new position isn't suited for storytelling so she has hired an assistant (her 8 year-old daughter). Together they continue to share stortelling and puppetry at the local elementary school.