Archives for Youth Services

Joshua J. Carlson

After receiving his MSIS from UAlbany, Josh started his professional career as a Teen Librarian in NJ before becoming the Youth Services Supervisor at Utica Public Library, and then the Manager of Youth Services here in White Plains. He’s very interested in how play is the most effective way through which children learn, as well as how pop culture and games can be integrated into library programs and services to create engaging and interesting activities. Josh has been married to his amazing wife for over fifteen years and they have an absolutely wonderfully cool young daughter. He’s a fan of
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Responsibilities: Librarian III and Manager of Youth Services.
Department: Edge, Trove, and Youth Services.

Raquel Cavalcanti

Raquel Cavalcanti received her MLS from Rutger's University eons ago. She started her career in Children's Services at NYPL working at various branches in Staten Island and the Bronx. She loves interacting with the littlelest library-goers in Mother Goose and Trove Time, and really enjoys finding that “perfect book” for the kids in the Trove. When she is not working, she likes to travel with her family. Recently, she greatly enjoyed participating in the Day of the Dead celebrations in San Diego, CA and even more recently enjoyed a trolley car rendition of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol in Salem,
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Responsibilities: Librarian II.
Department: Trove and Youth Services.

Erik Carlson

Erik Carlson started his Library career as a YA Librarian in the Washington Heights Branch of NYPL in 2007. He worked at NYPL in different branches for four years before coming to White Plains in 2011. Since starting at the White Plains Public Library, Erik has built a community for teenagers in the Library by improving the Nonfiction, Fiction, and Graphic Novel collections. He also started weekly programs for teenagers and a teen advisory group. Erik assisted in designing plans for the Edge and the Media Lab, deciding on purchases for some of the equipment and resources available now. These
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Responsibilities: Librarian II.
Department: Edge and Youth Services.

Tata Cañuelas

Tata Cañuelas is devoted to sharing programs that celebrate holidays and explore cultural diversity. She has planned programs for such well-known holidays as Groundhog's Day and St. Patrick's Day. She has established and grown connections in the community, and with them has presented creative events introducing Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year, and Diwali to the broader community. Tata brings passion and enthusiasm to her programs and looks forward to sharing them with Westchester's families. She earned her MLS at Queens College. Tata loves to travel, watch movies, read (especially cookbooks), cook, and eat.
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Responsibilities: Librarian I.
Department: Trove and Youth Services.

Kathlyn Carroll

Kathlyn Carroll is a YA librarian, working with teens in the Edge. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she began her library career as an undergraduate working in a college library. She earned her MLIS degree in 2012 from Florida State University. She joined the Edge team in December 2013, one week after the Edge's grand opening. She feels lucky to have fun at work, and still can't quite believe that her job involves coaching book trivia teams, sewing, playing card games, and joking with teens.
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Responsibilities: Librarian I.
Department: Edge and Youth Services.

Ashley Bressingham

Ashley is a lifelong lover of libraries – she was taken to her hometown library many times as a child and has worked in them since her high school days. She is passionate about early learning and teaching caregivers techniques to make their children book lovers as well as putting excellent and diverse stories into the hands of the youth. Ashley has lived in New York for her whole life and has no plans to leave! On the weekends, she likes to see Broadway shows, visit museums, and enjoy delicious meals while reading. She loves the beach, board games, and
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Responsibilities: Librarian I.
Department: Trove and Youth Services.

Lauren Lichtenthal

Lauren Lichtenthal was born into the library world. Her mother has been with the Westchester Library System since before she was born. As an act of teenage rebellion, she decided to get her Masters Degree in Education instead of Library Science. After teaching for ten years, she finally made her way to library land by getting her Library Science degree from The University at Buffalo. She spends her time outside the library reading, relaxing, and spending quality time with her husband and four year old son.
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Responsibilities: Librarian I.
Department: Trove and Youth Services.

Caroline Reddy

Caroline Reddy was born in Shiraz, Iran and moved to the United States when she was eight years old. She fell in love with stories after reading The Last Unicorn and Boy's Life. She has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, an MLS from Queens College and a background in Education. Caroline has been involved in a variety of writing communities including For the Love of Words and Immigrants & Exile. Her work has been published in Breadcrumb Magazine and The Literary Oak Review. She is interested in developing the notion of Writing Boxes to motivate young
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Responsibilities: Librarian I.
Department: Trove and Youth Services.