Kirby McCurtis | Movers & Shakers 2013 — Community Builders
By March 19, 2013
Humanist at Work
“I became a librarian for the social justice aspect of the work,” says Kirby McCurtis, adding, “I am pretty loud and energetic, and I think that people don’t expect that of a librarian.”
McCurtis has channeled her energy into trailblazing outreach programs for teen mothers and African Americans, first at the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) and now at the Multnomah County Library (MCL), where she has worked since January 2012 as a youth librarian with a focus on service to the African and African American communities.
Her innovations include Cuddle Up & Read and Insights, story time programs for pregnant and parenting teens; Black Storytime, geared to African American patrons; and Reading Is Grand, an intergenerational story time for grandparents raising grandchildren (“quite common in the African American community,” McCurtis says) that she hopes to launch in spring 2013.
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Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
MLIS, UCLA, 2008
Orientations Committee, ALA New Members Round Table
ON HER WALL
A postcard of a little girl and the question, “Do you UBUNTU?” McCurtis explains, “Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’ ” and the name of a campaign for women and children with HIV/AIDS