BCALA Conference 2017

I had a great time at the BCALA Conference in Atlanta!  In case you don't know, BCALA stands for Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  No doubt, I am honored to be a librarian of African descent.  I often wear my garb to work proudly, even though I have been questioned on it at times [...]

Verses: Knocking off the Nerves

Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well.  It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip:  As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened [...]

A Day with Jerry Pinkney

I had the honor of picking up author/illustrator Jerry Pinkey from the Hopkins International Airport for a visit and lecture at my Cuyahoga County Public Library -  Warrensville Heights Branch.  He jumped in the vehicle and we instantly began a great conversation about our art inspirations, community, and family among other things.  We hopped on [...]