You might recognize him from his MPL-TV/Channel 5 show “Mr. Taylor, Songs and Stories,” but now you can see him in person at the Musser Public Library (MPL) & HNI Community Center, Muscatine.
Emerson Taylor has joined the library staff as Children’s Librarian, bringing a sense of fun and years of experience as an educator to entertain and inspire young MPL visitors.
“I’m super excited to join Musser’s Public Library and inspire kids to read,” Taylor said. “I love the idea of getting involved in our local community in a new and different way.”
“Mr. Taylor” has been singing and reading to local children on his show since 2020. Taylor said that when the show was created, he was so encouraged by the MPL staff that he started thinking about working for the library.
Taylor has references and a well-developed sense of fun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Severe Developmental Disabilities from the University of Central Missouri. He said he would like to apply his knowledge by starting low-stimulation storytimes at MPL for children with special needs and their parents.
“We can create a judgment-free zone where these kids are celebrated and their curiosity is encouraged,” Taylor said.
Taylor plans to keep positive ties with the school district. He explained that this would likely mean doing history hours and bringing his guitar into classrooms, with a focus on kindergarten and kindergarten.
Father of four children, he enjoys interacting with all the young users of the library.
“It’s the easiest and most fun part of the job because I’m a big kid myself,” Taylor said.
Taylor came to the Muscatine Community School District Library where he taught special education for two years. During his 12 year career as an educator, he taught special education at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Previously, he worked in the Clinton, Iowa Community School District where he developed an hour-long, literacy-based music program, singing and playing guitar for Read Across America Day.
Librarians at the Clinton Public Library heard of Taylor’s talents and asked her to start their summer reading program. And so his professional relationship with libraries began.
Quad City magician/performer Rick Brammer, coordinator of the Iowa Library Talent Showcase, invited Taylor to perform for librarians looking for entertainment acts for their summer reading programs. Many of his reservations were canceled due to COVID, but while working on his online program, he created “Songs and Stories” and posted the program on his Facebook page.
For more information, visit the Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center website, visit the Musser Public Library Facebook site, or call 563-263-3065.