May 27, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Up Close with Library Journal’s 2013 Youth Services Movers & Shakers

The 2013 class of Movers & Shakers represents the many outstanding, diligent, and creative librarians working in the field today. Karyn M. Peterson, SLJ news editor, had the opportunity to get an in-depth look into the innovative programs, important milestones, and daily inspirations of the 13 youth services librarians that were honored this year for their work with children and teens in public libraries and school media centers. Below is a roundup of these interviews.

Christy AguirreCommunity Builder Christy Aguirre, supervisor of the Southgate branch of the Sacramento Public Library (CA), is a noteworthy neighborhood networker, whose literacy outreach efforts have helped triple the branch’s summer reading program to more than 2,000 participants. Aguirre talks about her inspirations and passions, the ways she collaborates with her community, and her thoughts on the future of public library youth services.                                

SusanA-NInnovator Susan Anderson-Newham, early learning supervising librarian at the Pierce County Library System in Tacoma, WA, talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor to her work, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, and her top early learning picture books of all time.

Advocates Margaux DelGuidice and Rose Luna, who share duties at the Freeport Memorial Library in Long Island, NY, also hold full-time teacher librarian positions at two area high schools, and have devoted countless hours to professional advocacy. These two powerhouses share their inspirations and passions, their best practices for constructive collaboration, and their goals for the future of libraries.

Advocate Melissa Zymboly Depper, children’s and family services librarian at the Arapahoe Library District in Centennial, CO, talks about her passion for the profession, her favorite read-aloud titles, the importance of collaboration and community, and why the library is critical to giving every child a good start in life. Depper, along with other Colorado librarians, recently launched the Bell Picture Book Awards.

Community Builder Rebecca Zarazan Dunn—lifelong bookworm, blogger, advocate, abd librarian assistant for the Lawrence Public Library (KS)—shares her top kids’ book picks, her inspirations and passions, and why it’s critical for public librarians to collaborate with school librarians and teachers.

JustinHoenke&teengroupTBAdvocate Justin Hoenke, Portland Public Library’s very first teen services librarian and gaming guru to the teen library patrons he serves, has had a super productive few years, with even bigger plans on the horizon. He shares his inspirations, his passions, and his vision for the future of teen services.

Marketer Lisa M. Lopez, Zavala Elementary school librarian and the unofficial Little Free Library ambassador to El Paso, TX, shares her passion for storytelling, her tireless efforts to advocate for bilingual literacy through Día de los niños/Día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) celebrations, and the ways she inspires her students.

Richard Lyda

Community Builder Richard Lyda, outreach librarian at Arapahoe Library District in Centennial, CO, talks about his strategies for effective community outreach, what’s next for him in his district, his ultimate outreach wish list (which includes mobile maker spaces) and much more.

KirbyMcCurtisTBCommunity Builder Kirby McCurtis, new youth librarian and at Multnomah County Library (MCL) in Portland, OR, and storytime standout, shares her top book picks (for storytime and beyond), her strategies for meeting the needs of her entire diverse community, and her views on the future of youth services. SLJ profiled her Black Storytime program in our First Steps column.

Change Agent Michele Perera, assistant director of the Rancho Cucamonga Library (CA), is lauded for expanding programming, infrastructure, and professional development, and  her plan to build interactive exhibits for children—the Play and Learn Islands—has been trademarked and expanded to other libraries. Perera shares some of the secrets behind Rancho Cucamonga’s success.

Lindsey TomsuMarketer Lindsey Tomsu, new youth librarian at La Vista Public Library (NE) and teen club advisor extraordinaire, talks about her top teen book picks, her dealings with Dewey, why teens matter so much, and her views on youth services. One of her hit programs includes a life-size Arkham Horror Game.

DocWho Matthew WinnerTech Leader Matthew C. Winner, media specialist at Longfellow Elementary School in Columbia, MD, is having the year of his life. Thanks to his boundless enthusiasm for student learning and engagement, Maryland’s 2012 Outstanding User of Technology Educator can also claim a few more distinctions: White House “Champion of Change,” an ISTE collaboration award honoree, and published author. Winner shares his thoughts on school libraries and his exciting plans for the future.

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