Baker & Taylor Conference Grant
Abby Harwood has been a teen services librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2011. She coordinates school and group visit requests to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main Library and makes bi-monthly, middle school and high school lunch room visits. This lunchroom-based outreach effort, “CAPA Cool Kids,” was selected as an example of a model program for teen services by the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Award for Best Practice in Young Adult Service. In addition to leading recreational and creative teen programs, Harwood has developed and led SAT and College Resources workshops for teens, parents and educators. Harwood continuously advocates, ensuring teens are receiving high quality customer services regardless of the library they visit or staff member they approach. Her drive and passion for teen services librarianship have impacted both her coworkers and the teens that she serves.
Prior to her career as a public services librarian at the El Paso Public Library—Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Branch Library, JuanitaKamalipour served as an educator for 20 years. She frequently communicates with school librarians and educators in the nearby school district and has given workshops at various middle schools and high schools on Young Adult programming and librarianship. Kamalipour is also a member of the Money Smart Education committee and has turned the week long campaign into an all-year event for her community. The campaign has provided the opportunity to promote financial literacy, teen programming and leisure reading. In addition, Kamalipour has played in integral role in providing diverse programs to youth, including workshops and programs that promote library services to the Spanish speaking community.