If you were like me, you heralded November 7th as a chance to get away from all the political attacks and posturing. Alas, it seems it cannot be escaped. We may be done with another election cycle but as the media reminds us, we are too close to the “fiscal cliff” for comfort. Several politicians have proposed changes to the tax code in 2013 that would affect charitable donations. With that uncertainty in the future, now is the time to donate to the Friends of YALSA and support a Spectrum Scholar like Hannah Gomez (a YALSA blogger).
I am so excited to be joining YALSA as the 2011-2012 Spectrum Scholar. My best memories are linked to books, writing, or libraries. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona, where I studied music, creative writing, and Spanish. My parents and sister are teachers. Education and progressivism are family traditions. With my love of literature and experience working with at-risk youth, becoming a youth services librarian seems like a natural choice. It’s my way of contributing to the field of education and social justice.
I’m a school and book nerd, so I chose Simmons College’s dual degree in children’s literature and library science. Combining literacy services with literature scholarship will satisfy my personal and professional interests. Outside of school, I am working on a novel and a collection of short stories. I adore traveling: I’ve been to nine countries in the past six years. I’m also a classically trained pianist and singer. I hope to be able to draw on all my experiences and interests in library services. I can’t wait to begin!
Help us raise $6,500 by the end of 2012 to help the Friends of YALSA support Spectrum Scholars like Hannah.
Being a Friend of YALSA means being a friend to your fellow librarians. Since 2005, the Friends of YALSA have funded over $55,000 in grants, stipends and scholarships. Most recently, the Friends of YALSA awarded stipends to Megan England from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Meg Anastasi from the Sprinfield City Library in Massachusetts to attend the YA Literature Symposium in St. Louis November 2-4, 2012. By donating to the Friends of YALSA you are helping to give your colleagues the experiences, the training, and the support they need to serve teens.
In August, we are raising $2,000 to support our fellow librarians and YALSA members. So far this month we have raised $600 for Friends of YALSA, $50 for Books for Teens and $25 for the leadership endowment. That means we have just $1,325 to go! If we reach our goal by the end of the month, we have a generous donor who will contribute another $1,000. Help your fellow librarians and donate today!
Kate McNair, Financial Advancement Committee Chair