Shout Out: Leslie Tackes MLIS ’11, River Grove School librarian

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June 22, 2017 

Leslie Tackes MLIS ’11, River Grove School librarian, was recently interviewed in the Elmwood Park Elm Leaves newspaper. Leslie also has Crohn's disease and tries to inspire others who are also coping with the disease.

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?
A: I grew up in Northlake. I attended West Leyden High School. I went to Triton College, then Westwood College.

Q: Where did you get your master's degree?
A: I went to Dominican University for my master's degree in library science.

Q: Why did you want to be a librarian?
A: I have a love of reading, a passion for helping others and I like teaching others. I found during college that I like helping children and adults alike.

Q: What are your responsibilities at River Grove School?
A: This year, I will teach kindergarten through the fifth-grade library. Then, I will do sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade technology classes.

Q: What kind of books do you read with your students?
A: With the younger students, we read picture books. Second- and third-graders love "Goosebumps." For fifth- through eighth-graders, they like novels and young adult novels.

Q: Why do you like being a librarian?
A: I get to help other people get that love of reading. It's hard today because of social media, and I want them to read a book and use their imagination.

Q: How does fitness help you manage Crohn's disease?
A: Fitness and diet help me. I have to be careful because some foods my body will reject. I have to be very active. I box, run, cycle and lift weights.

Q: What do you do to train for races?
A: I have an app on my phone that helps me map out my runs every week to train.

Q: What advice would you give someone who is suffering from Crohn's disease?
A: I would say listen to your body. Make sure when your body doesn't want something, don't eat it. Keep a food journal, and make sure you exercise, because it will help you feel better.

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