Marissa

I’m preparing for an LGBTQ Book Talk and piling up the books I need to promote ebook platforms. Books for the book talk are on the right, personal reading is on the left. See? Organized chaos. I’ve also been regularly meeting with staff and completing professional development courses to fine-tune my skills for virtual programming. Also, tomorrow I will be co-hosting LGBTQ trivia with QPL @ Night. It’s a busy end to Pride Month!

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Lauren

My set up isn’t as fun as the children’s librarians have but since the week we closed I’ve been; hosting 2 – 3 virtual programs a week, meeting with branch staff to keep us all connected, talking to community members to see how we can stay connected and providing services, making masks to share with local food pantries, helping my daughter do online school, and more recently helping our local mutual aid group with dispatch. I’ve also been working with our state library association create and maintain a database of library reopening plans so we can share information about safe ways to provide library services in a pandemic.

Librarians and library staff never stopped working, we just moved it all online.

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Devayani

I provide a listening ear by keeping in contact with regular customers at the North Hills library. We are all feeling the effects of isolation, and needing to connect to someone, so I reach out to familiar faces I see around the my neighborhood to chat from a distance and suggest they use our virtual services and ebooks.

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Kamaria

I am currently on several committees and working from home I am building a website to help teens navigate their way to college from the 9th grade to the 12th grade.

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SK

I am Business analyst in Central QPL, working for Kronos project. Outside of my library workI was greatly involved in machine stitching scrub caps and masks for essential workers and also helped in supplying home made food on weekly basis to the front liners.

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Mary Lynn

I am a Children’s Librarian at the Queens Public’ Lubrary. I’ve done professional development, staff support and a bit of outreach. The most enjoyable moments of working from home have been watching librarians in NYC and across the country conduct storytimes all over the internet. They’ve taught me a lot, and I’ve even been lucky enough to do a couple of my own. This is me singing Five Little Speckled Frogs with some jumpy friends.

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Sarah

I go by Miss Sarah, children’s librarian at the Peninsula Community Branch of Queens Public Library. Back in March I made sure to stay connected with my library families and support my library system through this time. I’ve been doing a Virtual Children’s Meet and Chat once a week with my library kiddos. Recently we did a “Pet Show and Tell” and performed a reader’s theatre of Tortoise and the Hare. I’m also working on a weekly music program with my fellow librarians, Ms. Mary Lynn and Mr. Ken, called Librarians Rock! Every week, I do a read aloud for one of my local schools and enjoy seeing my library kids popup on their school platform. I also play a role in coordinating our amazing youth librarians and other library staff for our QPL Facebook Live Storytimes. On our Youtube Channel, I’ve been a part of an early literacy series called “Big City, Little Readers,” which my colleagues and I provide early literacy tips for caregivers and their little ones. Our Youth Services Department and our Summer Reading Committee have been superheroes at planning an interactive and virtual summer reading program. So stay tuned for some really cool stuff over the summer! During these times, our library system and other NYC library systems have adjusted and reached out to communities in ways I wouldn’t have imagined. And there is so much behind the scenes work that our staff does to keep our libraries connected to our communities. Our NYC libraries are amazing!

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Nedelka

I am the Coordinator of Culture Pass Programs helping bring free high quality programs and online events from local museums to your screen at home!

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Addie

I’m a YA librarian at BPL. I do a weekly writing program on the flagship Instagram account on Wednesdays. The photo shows how I record the videos. I also help run the teen Instagram account and post to the branch Facebook page.

(Is that a banjo in the background? Heck yeah!)

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Kat

I’ve been conducting regular Facebook Live storytimes, along with school-age programs, class visits, chat reference, and professional development. I’m hoping to come back equipped to be a better manager and children’s specialist, and I can’t wait to see patrons again.

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