Black History : Literacy

Joslyn Bowling Dixon

Today, more than ever, the presence of Black librarians is crucial. As part of my work this month, I’ve chosen to highlight the work of Black librarians who work with youth or youth literature. Joslyn is a library leader who believes in the importance of all libraries.

Name: Joslyn Bowling Dixonthumbnail_IMG_0284.jpg

Library: Prince William Public Library, Assistant  Director

What book(s) are you currently reading? Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, a short story collection edited by  Ibi Zoboi

Why do schools need librarians in their libraries?: Because not all children have a grown up who will take them to a public library. Because there is a a lot of talk about reading scores, yet not enough talk or action around  the fact that if a school has a robust and supported library, that can have a major positive impact on raising scores. Because sometimes kids need a safe haven between classes. Because school media librarians are teachers, too.

Thinking about libraries in general, when you see a thriving, successful, growing area, 9 times out of 10, you will find a strong and supported library system in that community.

Where can people connect with you online? 
Twitter: @JBowlingJ Instagram: justjos42