Librarian • Advocate
Amy Cheney has won two National awards for her work, I Love My Librarian award from the Carnegie Institution and New York Times and was honored at the White House with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. She has over 20 years experience with outreach, program design and creation to serve the underserved, serving preschoolers in childcare, middle school non- readers with tutoring program and booktalks, adult literacy students, adult inmates in county and federal facilities, students in juvenile halls, non-traditional library users and people of color. She was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She founded In the Margins booklist and award. She is currently the District Library Manager for Oakland Unified School District, advocating for 86 school libraries and librarians.
This blog focus’ on reaching “urban” teens of color that are primarily reluctant readers.
• Six word memoir: Navigator of insanity, instigator of enlightenment
• Writers & Speakers Visiting Alameda County Juvenile Hall Youth 2001- 2012