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. Kirsten became a librarian through the Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity Fellowship Program. She’s always been interested in working with young people and she continues to follow her passion working as a public librarian.
Name: Kirsten Weaver
Library: Indianapolis Public Library
What book(s) are you currently reading? I’m reading a lot right now!
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
- Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
- American Street by Ibi Zoboi
- All The Ever After Danielle Teller
What is the happiest, proudest moments you’ve had at the library? What brought a smile and/or happy feeling to you, to a patron, or to your coworkers?
My favorite moments at the library always revolve around the teens that I get the opportunity to work with. I love nothing better than seeing a teen’s face light up when they interact either during a program or otherwise. I remember once bringing a signed advance reader copy of a book (3rd in a series) for a teen who love d the first two installments of the book and the look of excitement on his face when he received it, on what turned out to be his birthday. There’s just something appealing to me about fostering a love of reading and learning in a way that teens don’t even always realize is happening. Whether through talking about books or discussing pop culture or programming, being able to share the myriad of ways you can learn and grow with teens always brings a smile to my face.
I’m a librarian who’s super crafty and crochets (which is where the hooker part of my handles come from), knits, sews, etc… My newest passion includes playing Dungeons & Dragons and and painting miniatures and I enjoy opportunities to bring by interests into my work.
Where can people connect with you online?
Instagram : libraryhooker