Gerie Ventura, Associate Director of the library, and Karen Fernandez are both active in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Gerie serves on the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Cultures, a family literacy project, and promotes children’s books on social media. Karen serves on the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature committee. Here’s the list of 2015 awards. This is Karen’s fifth year and she’s evaluating Adult Nonfiction for 2015/16. Winners are announced at ALA annual conference. Serving as a judge is rewarding and in addition to getting free books, she’s made new professional connections and helped promote diverse authors. Karen encourages you to become involved in ethnic caucuses or other professional organizations.
Librarians Deborah Moore and David Johnson are on the campus committee for National Poetry Month in April. The committee just finished judging a student poetry contest that received over 100 entries. Winning entries will be made into broadsides, which are large sheets of paper printed on only one side. These will be exhibited in the library gallery during April and May.
–Submitted by Karen Fernandez