The Newark Public Library recently announced Alicia Vazquez is now in charge of youth services.
Vazquez and her family have lived in the Newark community for more than 20 years. The Newark Public Library was considered an important part of her upbringing.
“I was a late bloomer when it came to reading, but the moment I discovered fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson at the Newark Public Library I was hooked,” said Vazquez. “Then, as a young adult, I soon discovered a section of the library just for me with books that I could really relate to.”
Her love of reading lead to her first job at the Newark Public Library as a page and eventually a library clerk. She helped create the library’s first teen space. Staff encouraged her to pursue a degree in library science, which she did at CUNY Queens College, with a focus on children’s and young adult services.
After college, Vazquez worked for five years as the youth services coordinator at the East Rochester Public Library.
“Newark Public Library molded and shaped so much of who I am today, I could think of nothing better than to give back and become part of a great organization,” said Vazquez. “I am excited and enthusiastic to begin this great adventure with the library, staff and community. I look forward to offering the same amazing guidance and support Newark Public Library gave myself while growing up. So let’s grow, connect and change together.”