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A Librarian's Work Extends Beyond the School Building: with Christopher Stewart

Updated: Oct 29, 2021

The Librarian Influencer of the Week is D.C. librarian Christopher Stewart. Christopher is a middle school librarian in the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) System in Washington, DC. He is also one of SLJ’s 2021 Movers and Shakers! Click here to listen now!

Here are some thoughts Christopher shared:

  • Christopher advises you to not take too much work home. Limit yourself so you can get some rest and be ready to help others.

  • Christopher hosts student book clubs and a separate faculty/staff book club.

  • He believes the pandemic showed that librarians are creating programs and creating world leaders who are empathetic. It gave us the opportunity to create a narrative through literature to show how our field is growing and changing.

  • We discussed ideas about pursuing doctorates in our field.

Christopher believes a librarian's work extends beyond the school building.

  • During the pandemic Christopher delivered books to students and their parents!

  • Christopher knew his students wanted to attend the protests against racial injustice. He accompanied them to the rallies and brought items they might need for their safety and well-being. He wanted to show that the library also includes things beyond the 4 walls of the physical library.

  • When he worked at a public library, he hosted a table with free books and free food. He brought this idea to the public schools and involved the students in the choices of what to put on the tables.

  • When you have a social project like these, partner with internal people inside your school first. Then partner with outside agencies.

  • Marry your passion with your vocation. Find a way to bring your passion to the job.

You can connect with Christopher Stewart at:

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