The Parkchester branch of the New York Public Library is offering a weekly online poetry discussion group. For June, we will be reading poetry books about immigration in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month.

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The attached picture is me preparing to do a storytime from home. In addition to these, I work with the community’s institutions; schools and day cares, to provide early lit support to educators and parents.

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I’m a senior children’s librarian at the New York Public Library, serving children aged 0 to 13 years, although I do also work with teens. Some of the services I’ve provided during this time include: conducting themed online story times, creating and adapting at-home story time and activity guides for parents and caregivers, and communicating with educators to help provide library services. The slide on the laptop screen is taken from a presentation I made for an elementary school class. It talks about developing good research skills by using kid-friendly databases.


Children's librarian working on laptop with notes and a picture book titled "How a Home is Built."

I am a children’s librarian with the New York Public Library. I have been recording short story and rhyme times, and conducting virtual class visits with a local elementary school, including multiple read-alouds and a student-led book club that I facilitate.

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Children's librarian "selfie" working from home. Toys in background.

I’m a Children’s Librarian Trainee in the Bronx. I feel like my job is on overdrive right now. I am trying to reach out to community members in any way possible to provide needed information on community resources and digital services. It’s hard not being able to connect with patrons in person to know if it’s helping, but I’m trying to make it work. I am emailing community partners constantly, and trying to connect with them over the phone. I am doing class visits in both English and Spanish with Pre-K to 5th Grade students every day, where I show them how to sign up for library cards so they can access all the free resources the libraries have. I’m doing parent workshops as well, where I teach them about the resources for children, but also direct them to services for adults as well, such as the career center. I am promoting events, and finding other free resources for them outside of the library that I think will be useful during this time. I am teaching them about databases and how to do research online. I’m doing storytimes and fun lessons based on school or classroom themes. I’m connecting with teachers who are worried about Summer slide and setting up plans to support kids when school is over. I’m also providing families with information on government assistance, food pantries and free food events, and I’m promoting the Census constantly. I am trying to plan events to get connected with even more folks in the neighborhood. The goal is to talk to everyone or make sure that everyone in the neighborhood knows they can come to us if they need information, even if our doors aren’t open yet. I am grateful I am able to work from home and that I have a computer that lets me connect folks to information and services they may need. I’m also grateful that I still get to see a lot of the kids that came into the library. I want them to know that I care about them and am here for them and that they have people looking out for them in the library.

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image of a librarian making a sandwich with the work bread superimposed

Storytime videos from home (set up pictured with books as the greatest “tripod”), creating content for our library YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter (I’ve curiously become a social media coordinator!) and virtual class visits and reference. The plant in the photos is one of three I have taken home from the library. The little seedlings are something I grew for one ep of my video series ‘Word Kitchen’, STEAM concepts for preschool. I also showed the seedlings to a grade 2 class over google meet up and they were horrified I volunteered to grow my own celery. I miss the energy of the kiddos. Some of the parents from our storytime have been lovely about sending me photos of their kids watching our videos and that has been everything.

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photo of a smiling librarian holding a rock with a smiley face drawn on

I’m a Children’s Librarian in NYC and I’m really enjoying hosting Virtual Storytimes from my big green story chair, with plenty of uke songs and silly activities! This is from one of my first sessions, where we read Petra by Marianna Coppo and painted rocks together.

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smiling librarian in front of a shelf of books

I have led two book clubs in April and May as part of the NYPL and WNYC partnership. In June I will do that again and also Start a classics book club. We will also start a book discussion group to talk about books Members are reading and recommendations twice a month.

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Laptop with powerpoint and tablet with notes on a desk.

I am a Young Adult Librarian for the New York Public Library at the Van Cortlandt Branch in the Bronx. I am currently providing teachers with information to help their students with online learning. I am also creating webinars for our College & Career Pathways program which helps provide resources and programming for teens prepare for college and their careers after High School.

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Librarian sitting with stuffed toy, performing storytime using a coffee cup as "tripod" for their iPhone. Edited text on photo reads: "Storytime corner, oh my! Checklist: Books, Running order/song list, friendly plushies, trusty coffee cup "tripod".

Children’s librarian at Inwood branch of NYPL. Supporting teachers and community literacy partners with information re: library and local (NYC) based resources, assistance with library card record retrieval, workarounds to access databases, virtual storytimes and class visits. Social media engagement via branch Instagram.

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