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The New York Black Librarians’ Caucus had a wonderful time at the Harlem Book Fair, as part of the CSPAN Diversity in Books event. Panelists included Sandra Michele Echols, president of the New York Black Librarians' Caucus; Stacy Whitman, publisher of Tu Books; children’s book author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe; Syntychia Kendrick-Samuels, secretary of the New York Black Librarians' Caucus; and Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, founder of African American Children’s Book Project. Please visit the link below to view the discussion.


Please join us for the following events (visit the News & Events page) :

Social Mixer - Saturday September 17, 2016 1:00 - 4:00pm (link flyer on events page)

The NYBLC Wikipedia Editor Training Seminar Sunday Oct. 2, 2016 1:00 – 5:00pm (LINK FLYER wiki event)

Donna Hoke Scholarship Luncheon and Professional Development Day - Saturday October 22, 2016 10:00am – 5:00p.m. (LINK FLYER luncheon)

Vendor Applications – If you would like to be a vendor at the Donna Hoke Scholarship Luncheon and Professional Development Day for further information (LINK FLYER)


Proposal submissions - If you would like to a proposal to present at the Donna Hoke Scholarship Luncheon and Professional Development Day for further information (LINK FLYER)


Upcoming Meetings 

Next General Meeting - Saturday September 17, 2016 11:00am – 1:00pm 

New York Public Library - Countee Cullen Library 

104 West 136th Street, New York, NY 10030 212-491-2070

ABENY – Professional Development Day Saturday Nov. 12, 2016 TBA

November - General Meeting – Saturday Nov. 19, 2016 11:00 – 1:00pm location TBA


Website last updated on: August 18th , 2016

NYBLC Member Recognition Corner

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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