As a public librarian, I am first and foremost a public servant, dedicated to connecting all folks of the community I serve to the resources and materials they need. I ensure that the library is a safe and welcoming space for peoples of all ages, backgrounds, and identities to explore, create, relax, learn, and socialize.
I specilize in serving youth, particularly young adults ages 12-18. I have a designed and implemented a variety of engaging programming for this age group including crafting programs, game nights, open mic events, and book clubs. Since becoming a Teen Librarian during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been especially passionate about reaching and serving teens virtually; I’ve adapted library programming to make them hybrid and more accessible, created virtual volunteering opportunities, and grown my library’s Teens Social Media accounts and other online platforms for improved marketing to our teen communities.
Reviewing young adult literature for Kirkus Reviews informs my collection development and reader’s advisory practices. Curating a collection of materials for youths that is both reflective of their community and diverse in representation is important to me.
As a professional musician with a background in music education and vocal performance, I take great pride in promoting the library as an institution of education, as well as a performance venue. I have invited several professional musicians to perform at the library, proving that the library is more than just a container for books and computers. The arts are for everyone and being able to make them accessible to my community at no cost brings me great joy.
I’ve coordinated and performed in many concerts myself, accompanied by fellow musicians, and led music & movement classes for ages 2-5.
Accomplishments & Memberships:
- New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), Member
- Recipient of the 2022 NJLA Rising Star Award
- NJLA Newsletter Committee, Member
- NJLA Emerging Leaders, Class of 2021
- “Online Gaming in Libraries”, Virtual Presentation for LibraryLinkNJ
- “Caught A Vibe: Reaching Teens in Virtual Spaces”, Presentation for NJLA Conference 2022