Meet the First PLIX Creative Learning Ambassadors (side by side)

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PLIX is delighted to announce our first-ever cohort of PLIX Creative Learning Ambassadors!

This group shares our passion for hands-on creative learning programming and a keen desire to spread their love of what PLIX is doing. Together, we will build a network of library professionals who advocate for PLIX and creative learning in communities, library systems, and libraries across the United States. Ambassadors will take on a leadership role in local communities as well as online in our Community of Practice.

With great pride and excitement, we introduce them to you:

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Alan Ly Lead Librarian on forum: Alan Salt Lake City Public Library Salt Lake City, Utah

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Alessandra (Allie) Affinito Senior Children's Librarian on forum: aaffinito New York Public Library Chatham Sq. Branch (Chinatown) New York, New York

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Amanda Geske Children's & Teen Services Librarian on forum: amanda.geske Saint Paul Public Library St. Paul, Minnesota

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Athanasia (Athy) Fitos Branch Manager/Librarian on forum: athyfitos Kendale Lakes Branch Miami-Dade Public Library System Miami-Dade, Florida

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Carine Greene Library Assistant on forum: Carine Cora J. Belden Library Rocky Hill, Connecticut

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Chris Dorman STEM Librarian on forum: Chris_Dorman Maine State Library Augusta, Maine

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Christopher Kyauk Coordinator of Innovation and Cultivation on forum: ckyauk Alameda County Library Fremont, California

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Clara Ortega Adult Services Coordinator on forum: Claraeliza Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System Columbus, Mississippi

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Cora Schaeff Director on forum: cschaeff Leelanau Township Library Northport, Michigan

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Dave Fink Youth Services Librarian on forum: Dave

Michigan City Public Library Michigan City, Indiana

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Francesca Passiglia Teen Librarian, future Maker Space Librarian on forum: Francesca Greenfield Public Library Greenfield, Massachusetts

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H Director on forum: Hope_Decker Public Library Wayland, New York

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Jacqui Viale Library Assistant on forum: JacquiV Long Beach Public Library Long Beach, California

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Jennifer McCulley Youth Services Coordinator on forum: jmcculley McPherson Public Library McPherson, Kansas

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Keisha Parks Youth Services Librarian on forum: Cleveland Bradley Co. Public Library Cleveland, Tennessee

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Lisa Lewis Library Services Manager on forum: LisaLewis Show Low Public Library Show Low, Arizona

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Mary Gazdik Executive Director on forum: mgazdik Middletown Free Library Media, Pennsylvania

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Melissa Sprenne MakerSpace Facilitator and Supervisor on forum: LissaMonster Richland Library Ballentine Irmo, South Carolina

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Rebecca Ballard Children's Librarian on forum: RebeccaSunshine Oconee County Library Athens Regional Library System Watkinsville, Georgia

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Renaté Elliott Accessibility Services Supervisor on forum: Renate_Elliott Cobb County Public Library Charles D. Switzer Branch Marietta, Georgia

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Sam Lucius Digital Services Librarian on forum: sslucius08 Wiggin Memorial Library Stratham, New Hampshire

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Sami Kerzel Community Librarian on forum: sami.kerzel Deschutes Public Library Sunriver, Oregon

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Sammie Betler Assistant Director on forum: Sammie_Betler Casey County Public Library Liberty, Kentucky

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Sasha Neri Librarian III / Makerspace Coordinator on forum: SashaN Chicago Public Library Chicago, Illinois

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Tara Thomas Children's Librarian on forum: dclibrarian DC Public Library MLK Jr. Memorial Library Washington, DC

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This group represents a wide range of library professionals—in the roles they perform, the size and setting of their libraries (some tiny rural branches, others huge urban systems), and the depth of experience in librarianship and/or STEM topics.

This group represents a wide range of library professionals—in the roles they perform, the size and setting of their libraries (some tiny rural branches, others huge urban systems), and the depth of experience in librarianship and/or STEM topics.

You’ll be seeing the Ambassadors co-facilitating offerings from PLIX— online courses, community meetings and workshops—and conducting professional development workshops for their library systems or regions. They’ll join us in introducing peers to the PLIX approach and PLIX Activities.

The Ambassadors program is made possible with funding from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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