Children's Librarian Jose

Mr. Jose grew up in Chicago and still lives there. He is married and has three beautiful children that enjoy playing "wrestling" with him. Mr. Jose enjoys traveling with his family and reading. Some of his favorite topics include histories of social movements as well as novels such as Nicholasa Mohr's Nilda, Junot Diaz's The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, anything by Jaqueline Woodson, and Ernesto Quinones' Bodega Dreams and Chango's Fire to name a few. He enjoys exercising, dancing and 90's Hip Hop. Mr. Jose also has an addiction to trail mix and, like many, an unconquerable sweet tooth.

What I do at the library: I am a children's librarian who also works with tweens and tween programming in partnership with the More Than a Month initiative.

My favorite "hidden library gem": It would have to be the storytime room (pictured). I feel the most comfortable there.

How do I turn outward: I am constantly focused on bringing more of the community into the library. I see the library as a community space where individuals and community organizations can share ideas and learn from each other. One goal I set for myself as a librarian is to help facilitate this process.

What I'm reading now: I just started The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz and Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky.

What I'm listening to: KRS-One and Héctor Lavoe.

What I'm watching: My kids growing up too quickly!

(March 9, 2017)

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