"Kelly Czarnecki is one of the most thoughtful and committed teen librarians I know. Not only is she innovative in her approaches to serving young people, she also acts as a generous and tireless mentor for newer professionals. I particularly admire her willingness to talk about difficult topics and her representation of the concerns of our least enfranchised citizens." -- Wendy Stephens, high school Librarian, Ph.D.

"Kelly Czarnecki is dynamic leader in the library field who constantly stays abreast of the latest technology and trends. Whether it's coaching a reluctant teen or mentoring a new colleague, Kelly is generous with
her time and on target with her feedback when it comes to drawing out talent in individuals." -Angela Haigler, Former Marketing/Communications Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library



Master of Science in Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Master of Education in Educational Policy Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK (spring semester)

College of Lake County
Grayslake, IL


Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, ImaginOn
Charlotte, NC
Teen Loft Manager

  • Leads, coaches, and directly supervises a staff of six in the Loft at ImaginOn
  • Develops strategically aligned teen programming and outreach programs for teens
  • Serves as a liaison to community agencies that serve youth
  • Leads innovation in teen services at ImaginOn

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, ImaginOn
Charlotte, NC
Teen Lead Librarian
  • Librarian Lead for ImaginOn Teen Services Central Pod
  • Serves as Manager on Duty at ImaginOn when needed
  • Serves on systemwide teams including Idea Box and Digital Branch
  • Helps oversee VolunTeen program
  • Mentors colleagues on library processes and professional opportunities
  • Builds and maintains partnerships through a variety of programs including outreach
  • Performs reference and readers advisory
  • Plans and develops programs and experiences for and with teens related to their passions and interests

Bloomington Public Library
Bloomington, IL
Young Adult Librarian
  • Planned programs and experiences for and with teens
  • Provided collection development for teens and in the career center
  • Served on the Adult Services reference desk
  • Networked with community organizations and schools

Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois
Urbana, IL
Graduate Assistant
  • Taught workshops on using library and information resources
  • Provided evening and weekend supervision of the library and staff
  • Completed special projects (assisted Library Instruction Coordinator)