Public librarian passionate about promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion through literature and service.
Classically-trained soprano with over ten years experience as a Cantor, Psalmist, and Choral member for Catholic masses.
Jasmine Riel earned her Master of Information degree from Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information in 2019, with a concentration in School Library Media Specialization under the advisory of Dr. Joyce Valenza. In 2015, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she studied voice with Harold Evans and performed under the baton of renowned conductors including Dr. Amanda Quist, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Joe Miller.
She is currently the Teen Services Librarian at the Cherry Hill Public Library in Cherry Hill, NJ where she previously served as an Adult Services Librarian. As a librarian, she is professionally focused on diversity and inclusivity in librarianship and literature, young adult programming, social media marketing, and bringing professional-level musical experiences to the community she serves. She was a recipient of the New Jersey Library Association Rising Star Award in 2022. She is a professional young adult literature reviewer for Kirkus Reviews.
Outside of the Library, Jasmine is a frequent and sought-after Cantor for various Catholic parishes in the South Jersey area. With over ten years of experience, she leads Catholic masses in song and worship skillfully, confidently and spiritually. Parishes she has served at include Christ Our Light in Cherry Hill, St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Gibbsboro, St. Damien’s Parish in Ocean City, Christ the King in Haddonfield, and the Diocese of Camden.
A native of Cherry Hill, Jasmine graduated from Cherry Hill High School West (Class of 2011) and is proud to serve her hometown through her librarianship and music ministry. In her free time, she loves to read romance novels, invest herself in random Pinterest-inspired crafts, and take long walks to clear her mind (while listening to an audiobook, of course).