Julia E. Torres
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. Julia is an expert in secondary writing and reading instruction. She is a recognized education leader in her school district, a 2018-20 Heinemann Fellow and a teacher/activist committed to education as a practice of freedom. Julia is a co-founder of Disrupt Texts. She proves that librarians change the world, one mind, one book, one child at a time.
Name: Julia E. Torres
Library: Montbello Campus Library (Denver Public Schools)
What book(s) are you currently reading? Well-Read Black Girl (Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves) by Glory Edim, Lima: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Black Wings Beating by Alex London
What practices do we need to disrupt right now, this week in school libraries? We need to consider the ways that our own biases and/or fears about what types of books and/or authors are appropriate for patrons may be limiting social advancement. We are living in a sort of Renaissance for books by and for people from groups that have historically been underrepresented and oppressed. It’s important for us to see this as an opportunity for intellectual and social development beyond conditions that have existed in the past, rather than being fearful of engaging in conversation around books containing lived realities that haven’t been mainstreamed and are thus labeled “foreign”, “non-relevant” or in the worst cases, “inappropriate”.
Where can people connect with you online? My blog: juliaetorres.blog, Twitter: @juliaerin80 and FB: Julia E. Torres