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April Mazza: About Me

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The Last Black Unicorn


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Recent Reads

You Bring the Distant Near
Little Fires Everywhere
Where's Rodney?
Hello Goodbye Dog
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
Her Right Foot
Crazy About Cats
Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge
Stack the Cats
Allegedly


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About Me

Hello! I am a Consultant at the Massachusetts Library System. This means I develop workshops for our members as well as consult with libraries on topics such as youth & school services, space planning, strategic planning, summer library programs and collection development. I have previously worked in public, school, and special library settings and have reviewed youth materials for School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist and the Horn Book Guide. 

I’ve always enjoyed being active in the library community. Currently I’m on the ALSC Board of Directors and I'm a state representative for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). I was honored to be a part of the inaugural session of the 2008 Bill Morris Seminar Book Evaluation Training. I served on the 2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Committee and the 2017 Newbery Medal Committee. I was previously a board member and president of the New England Library Association’s NERTCL division.

For my own professional development I am interested in learning more about and encouraging accessibility and social justice in libraries, developing and promoting diverse collections, and rethinking summer library programs so that they are innovative but also fit the needs of their communities.