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Highly Textured Librarian: Kelly

high•ly tex•tured li•brar•i•an: A person who is a specialist in library work and has curly or kinky hair.

Welcome Kelly to Librarian Dreams.

1.What is your signature hairstyle and how do you achieve it?
I usually wear my hair down, curled or in the sloppiest of buns; when I get a style, my loctician does some form of an updo with twist and braids and such.


2. Which books could give insight on you as a person? Why? 
I would have to say Sarah Stewart’s The Library and Jacqueline Woodson’s The House You Pass on the Way would give the most insight.

When I first came across Stewart’s The Library I laughed out loud at the similarities between me and her main character, Elizabeth Brown. I was that kid who knew right off the bat what I wanted to be when I grew up, no question. I was always at the library or somewhere reading to the annoyance of a lot of my friends and family. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone when I got a job shortly after college at Enoch Pratt; I feel that Elizabeth Brown is a kindred spirit to any book lover or librarian-to-be.

I was already a big fan of Jacqueline Woodson and all of her awesomeness, when I came across The House You Pass on the Way I was midway through my teen years and it was brutal. It was filled with all of the typical growing pains and teenage shenanigans, but as a teenager you feel that “You’re Blues Ain’t Like Mine.” I was going through the inner struggle and discovery of self when I plucked this book off of the Waldenbooks shelf; I read it, loved it and had an author friend for life. This book helped by easing the butterflies in my stomach and calmed the fireworks going off in my heard during that time in my life.


3. What is your role at the library?
I work for Enoch Pratt Free Library; it is the public library system in Baltimore City, Maryland. I am one of three Children’s Services Specialists at the Southeast Anchor Library Branch. My responsibilities include presenting a weekly story time and after school program, readers advisory, homework help, shelving of materials, promoting library materials and activities to neighborhood schools, community outreach and making sure I have either apples, bananas or gum to give to the after school kids.


4. Do you have any interesting stories about how patrons or colleagues have reacted to your hair? 
I was presenting my weekly story time and one of my regular participants came up to me and sat in my lap, this is a pretty normal occurrence so I rolled with it. I continued with the program, during a rousing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” the little girl reached up to touch her head and touched my locs instead. She looked up and I looked down because she didn’t move her hand away, she just gently held a couple until it was time for “stand up activities.”


Want to know more about Kelly? You can find her on Twitter.

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