Last year First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Change Direction Campaign, a new mental health initiative to bring mental illness to the forefront. The month of May has been designated as mental health awareness month. I would like to extend it to everyday because everyday should be mental health awareness day. As librarians, we all know very well the affect mental illness can have at any given moment while working at public libraries. As we welcome summer and all the bright and beautiful things that come with summer, let’s not forget to be the soft voice in the room. We never know what kind gesture we will provide to someone suffering in silence.
Enjoy gearing up for summer reading.
All the best,
Sandra Michele Echols, President of NYBLC
Our next meeting will be held on July 9, 2016 at the 115th Street Library located at 203 West 115th Street New York, NY, 10026
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. -Maya Angelou
Born and raised in New York City, I am one of four daughters, known as Carole’s daughters. No brothers, can you imagine? We were born in the Bronx and raised in Harlem. My parents were working class, a Social worker and a Correction Officer. Their hard working nature led me into my current career as a “Librarian”. Education is very important to them and all of their children have obtained bachelor’s degrees; two of us have Master’s degrees. I attended the College of New Rochelle for my undergrad degree and received my graduate degree from Pratt Institute. While working as a full time Office Aide, I was certain that I wanted to do more with my life and decided to enroll in school. After graduating with my BA in psychology, I was working with the teen population in the branches on programs and again decided to continue my education. I applied for and was accepted in Library school and went on to complete the program in one year and six months.
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." -William Arthur Ward
I am the mother of a vibrant 6 year old daughter who loves to dance, travel and provide lots of “feedback”. She is in kindergarten and loves school, specifically Math and she thinks she is “The Boss” of me. I love to travel and do so twice annually. I also have a passion for mentoring young adults. I LOVE teenagers and their attitudes but not always their approach. I can relate to their frustrations but I also believe that anything worth having is worth working for! I have been working at the New York Public Library my entire career which started in May, 1995 where I started as a Library page. From there I have worked in the capacities of Clerical, Outreach, Information Assistant, Librarian and Library Manager. I then settled into my current role as the Associate Director for the East Bronx libraries. In this capacity, I oversee 11 library sites; I mentor, coach and support 100+ staff members. I enjoy developing people professionally and have a talent for growing individuals in their respective fields. All it takes is encouragement, feedback and willingness on the part of the individual for them to spread their wings and fly.
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