As a public librarian, I am dedicated to serving my community, connecting everyone 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.
I specilize in serving youth, particularly young adults ages 12-18. I have 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 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, especially as a woman of color.
As a professional musician with a background in music education and vocal performance, I love bringing music into the library. I have invited a diverse range of professional musicians to perform at the library, proving that the library is more than just a container for books and computers.
I’ve coordinated and performed in many concerts myself, accompanied by fellow musicians, and led music & movement programs 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 & Somerset County Library System.
- “Caught A Vibe: Reaching Teens in Virtual Spaces”, Presentation for NJLA Conference 2022