“Kelly excels at pushing libraries to explore how digital media affords new ways for connecting people with their passions.” –Barry Joseph, Associate Director for Digital Learning at the Museum of Natural History

"Kelly brought a broad scope of library enhancements to the metropolitan jail facility. She was the link between the incarcerated youth and the public library." 

-Margo Fesperman, Former Library Services Manager

YALSA Programming Guidelines Development Taskforce
Virtual Member invited by YALSA President

One Book. One Community.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Kelly initiated the filming of an informational video with the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies for this systemwide program to help give readers a context for Fahrenheit 451.

"In helping put together this video, Kelly created a community of readers." - Meryle Leonard, Outreach Manager, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

STEM Education:

-Google Maker Camp

Kelly helped organize this six week event in partnership with Hackerspace Charlotte. Over 146 attended to build everything from circuits to explore 3D printing.

-NC Science Festival

Kelly helped organize this event to showcase ImaginOn’s science programs in partnership with Time Warner Cable. This event brought in families that don’t necessarily frequent the library and was part of the larger community exploring science-related activities.

-National ScienceTeacher’s Association Conference
Co-presenter for STEM @ Your Library: Engage Students in Creative Adventures
Kelly co-presented at this local conference and focused on STEM related to the library, particularly with the Take Out Kits that circulate to branches.

-STEM Night for Educators
Kelly helped organize this event to showcase ImaginOn’s STEM related resources including the Teen Take Out Kits.

"I thought it was a great opportunity for educators to see the STEM-based opportunities that ImaginOn has to offer as well as the networking opportunities with other people who are interested in STEM education. I am looking forward to future events."-David Taylor, Former 8th Grade Science & Middle School Robotics Teacher, McClintock Middle School

Turn it Up Teen Radio
The Turn It Up: Teen Radio program incorporates literacy and public speaking into a curriculum that exposes teens to the industry of Journalism and Radio Broadcasting. Teens are mentored by industry professionals and challenged every month to create and produce their very own radio show. The program is in partnership with the 
Carolina School of BroadcastingWFAE RadioCharlotte Mecklenburg Schools Academic Internship ProgramConnecticut School of Broadcasting.

“One of the young men that participated in the outreach program for Turn it Up Teen Radio was recognized at the GED graduation for his participation. His mother thanked us for giving her son a chance to express himself poetically.”- Programming Coordinator at the Mecklenburg County Jail, Sylvia Moon

Teen Fashion Apprentice

Click Here To View Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' Video that Highlighted the TFA Program

Received the YALSA Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults Program Award as one of the Top Five Young Adult Library Programs in the nation:

Winner of the monthly Outstanding Team Award
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Piedmont Middle Group Fieldtrip visit
Four hundred teens experienced Studio i, checked out materials, used the computers, updated applied for a library card and learned about the library’s resources. This visit is part of a partnership the Loft is trying to grow with local schools. The partnership continues to the present.

Maker Faire, UNCC Writing Project
UNCC Writing Project wanted to hold a Maker Faire at ImaginOn. Kelly worked with them as well as Hackerspace Charlotte, Discovery Place, and more to help make the event happen. Over 150 people attended in March and UNCC was thrilled with the opportunity. Activities were a great representation of the intersection of digital and print. The UNCC writing project expressed interest in having continued events at ImaginOn.

Digital Media Conference, UNCC Writing Project
Kelly organized this conference for eighty two teachers and educators in training to attend sessions throughout ImaginOn to learn more about resources for writing and digital media.

“It was a very well-organized and informative conference.  I enjoyed attending and talking with some of the other attendees and presenters.  I will definitely think about presenting next year as well.” –Amy Wyckoff, Former Teen Lead Librarian, Independence Regional, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Through Their Eyes
2012 and 2013
Teens from Piedmont High School learned about child homelessness with Annabelle Suddreth, former Executive Director of A Child’s Place. Messenger bags were decorated, filled with toiletries, and donated to a local shelter. 2014 YALSA Annual Writing Award for best writing on YALSA blog winner on serving homeless teens.

YALSA President’s Programming Task Force Member
Kelly helped develop best practices through programming for teens at the library and share with a national audience.

Dream It Do It
A national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with Global Kids, Ashoka's Youth Venture, and Second Life.  Incarcerated teens at Mecklenburg County Jail North designed CD covers and wrote lyrics about the important social issue of the affects of homelessness. Article published in VOYA.

uCreate Edge Project

A national program funded by the MacArthur Foundation in partnership with Global Kids, Mecklenburg County Jail North, Madison Public Library (WI), and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Incarcerated teens created digital content using various sites such as Bitstrips
or Voice Thread Book chapter published in Participatory Cultures Handbook.

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