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. I met Tiffani through her mom who went to the University of Cincinnati with me. Deborah emailed me one day and asked I’d connect with her daughter, a librarian. I’m so glad she connected us! Through Facebook, I’ve been able to follow the work she does getting grants to bring after school programs to her library, to feed young people in summer months and hold reading groups for those in her community. And, she’s just beginning her career as a librarian! She’s one to watch.
Name: Tiffani N. Carter
Library: Indianapolis Public Library
What book(s) are you currently reading? House Girl by Michael Donkor; The Proposal by Jasmin Guillory; Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
How are you celebrating Black History Month in your library?
I currently work at a branch where we serve many unattended children and teens for several hours a day. In addition to feeding our young patrons daily through an After School Meal Program that is provided by a partnership with Indy Parks & Recreation, I try to find engaging ways to feed them information in between all of their computer usage as well.
We have many black history facts posted on two different display boards. Each time a young patron recites a fact they’ve learned to a staff member, they are entered into a grand prize drawing. And yes, I believe in rewarding children for learning!
We have other black history month activity sheets available for the children to complete which gives another entry. So far I’ve been hearing lots of “I didn’t know that” which is why this passive program is necessary.
Where can people connect with you online? IG @blackandbooked