ArtSmart

Public school's PTA sponsored art appreciation parent-volunteer program.

Established an annual volunteer training workshop at the Library where I highlighted art resources and secured a museum art educator. Participating museums included MOMA, Guggenheim, Yale University, Wadsworth Atheneum among others. Throughout the year, I held individual advisory sessions with the volunteers and curated a noteworthy children's art book collection.

RULER

Yale RULER Initiative

for social and emotional learning

Represented the public library as liaison to the school district's community outreach committee tasked with broadening the social and emotional learning being taught through the Yale RULER initiative into the wider community through programming. I developed Library programming to support the town-wide initiative that included music, literature, history and philosophy for multi-generations.

Outreach

Early Childhood Literacy Outreach

Reestablished public library's early literacy outreach program. I visited local preschools bringing early literacy story times to the schools. Each year I held an Annual Preschool Self-Portrait  Reception and Exhibit in honor of the Week of the Young Child sponsored by the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC). Hundreds of children participated each year resulting in a much anticipated annual event for families to visit the Library to celebrate the collaboration between the Library and the nursery schools.

Ukulele Meetups

 Library Ukulele Meetup

Established a monthly Ukulele Meetup at the Library for middle/high school students to adults. Purchased ukuleles that circulate as part of the Library of Things. Instructors and participants went on to become professional ukulele teachers in Connecticut, Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as to establish the Connecticut Ukulele Festival. Program offering free music lessons and circulating instruments was unique for the public library. Hundreds participated over the years.
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