By Tamara K. Kennedy
Hollywood Library access services assistant
A full-time teen and youth librarian, Danielle Jones is passionate about her work. You may have met her leading a Hollywood Library storytime, family book group, teen council meeting or outreach event. Often, a red ribbon holds her hair back from her face.
An avid reader (1,400 books this year!) who loves hiking and cooking, Danielle grew up in Wyoming with five siblings. Her love of books, and of sharing books, seems to run in her family. Two of her sisters are librarians; one works with youth in a rural library and the other is a school librarian.
She remembers how her mother read Beverly Cleary books to all her children, and how special that time was for them. (Danielle is planning a 100th birthday celebration for this beloved children’s author in April; look for more information at the library and online in early spring.)
Before earning a master’s degree in library and information science through the University of Washington Information School, Danielle worked as a grocery store produce manager. “This work helped me learn how to cultivate relationships,” she says, “a valuable skill set for serving our library community.”
She always knew she wanted to be a youth librarian.
At Hollywood Library, Danielle leads several storytimes each week: two for toddlers; a pajama storytime for kids ages 0-6; and a sensory storytime that’s especially welcoming for children on the autism spectrum and families looking for a smaller, adaptive experience.
She is honored to serve on the national committee that awards the most notable 2016-17 children’s books for the Association of Library Services to Children.
Under Danielle’s guidance, teen programs are growing at Hollywood Library. A teen council, teen book council and an anime group meet regularly. All teens are welcome.
“Youth are amazing,” Danielle says. “Witnessing youth grow and build early skills is exciting, and it is enriching to be a mentor in a teen’s life.”
Danielle’s enthusiasm for reading and her empathy for the library’s younger patrons make it easy for them to like her. She loves sharing with them and relates to them at all levels as they develop life skills.
“Danielle encourages creativity and reading,” says teen council member Hazel Spivey. “She is a wonderful person that tries to get to know everyone in the teen council. She truly cares about the council and the people in it, and I am so grateful for that.”
Find Hollywood Library storytimes and teen programs at multcolib.org/events.