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Pamela Jayne, Teen Librarian and leader among the teens

Pamela Jayne, Teen Librarian

My favorite thing about BCPL is having co-workers who understand what the library could be and striving to create a library for everyone.
My name is Pamela Jayne, Youth Services Librarian at Boone County Public Library. I was born on an Army base in Seoul, South Korea. My mother is from South Korea, and still has family there, who we try to visit when we can. Alaska and Ohio have also been homes to me, but grew up in Boone County, Kentucky. I attended school at the University of Louisville, where I earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Natural Sciences, and a minor in Forensic Anthropology.
I initially took a job as a page at the library to save up money for graduate school, but after working with the teens during my time at the Lents Branch, I was confident I could do more good in a library. Working at the library allows me to interact with a variety of children, teens, and families that have questions, need support and resources, or are just looking for a great book. My success stories are numerous! Due to my background, I have helped children, teens, and families navigate the racism they face, or may face, in the community and ways to deal with it. I have helped several teens work through suicidal thoughts and attempts. And I have been the first adult that teens have come out to. I have helped teens fill out job applications, FAFSA forms, and cheered them as they pass their GED, get a job, or go off to college. And I love guiding a child through recommendations from hating to ready to finding something that finally clicks with them. This is what it means to work in the library, and this is why I love it.
I have been with BCPL for 10 years. I plan and implement programming for children and teens. I work closely with the Florence schools leading family programs and one-off after-school programs, visiting classrooms, tabling during lunch periods in addition to NKY Makerspace heading workshops for grades K-5, running the 3D printing club and assisting with Girls in STEM days. I am on the NKY Makerspace Steering Committee. So naturally I organize the BCPL teen volunteers.
I manage the Youth Services collection and merchandising at the Florence Branch, select graphic novels for the children and teen collections and aid in selecting teen non-fiction. Through the library, I became a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. I research and assist in the application process for grant funds. I provide training and workshops for BCPL staff and other library staff at regional, state, and national conferences or webinars.
My favorite thing about BCPL is having co-workers who understand what the library could be and striving to create a library for everyone.
In my spare time, I love watching YouTube videos and other binge-able content online. I read mainly teen fiction and most recently, memoirs from celebrities that have been hilarious. I like to craft and try to travel as much as I can.

4 Comments

  1. Janie Moss

    I know your mother is so very proud of you. I had the pleasure of working with her at Stephens Elementary. She was my right hand and biggest supporter. I treasure the time I had with her. She is intelligent,kind and loving. You sound just like her. You are wearing many hats. Keep up the good work.

  2. Susan Hicks

    I knew from kindergarten, that you were one very special girl. Pamela, you have no idea how proud I am of what you have accomplished. Thank you for building today’s children and prayers as you continue to serve.

  3. Diane Whalen

    Pamela is a truly amazing person! I was fortunate enough to have worked with her and was able to see first hand how she impacts the lives of so many. Her efforts are tireless and she is a huge asset to the library and a great friend!!!!

  4. Kedrann

    My children all LOVE you! Thank you for your fantastic service!

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