Executive Director

BRONX BOOK FAIR COMMITTEE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT AND Q&A
With Executive Director Lorraine Currelley
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Today we shine the spotlight on Bronx Book Fair committee member Jean Harripersaud.  Jean Harripersaud is currently the Managing Librarian of New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center.  She has been with the New York Public Library for the past 15 years, starting as a Librarian in the Bronx.  She has a Master’s in Library Science from Queens College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College. Jean has a passion to spread the joy of reading to the Bronx and firmly believes that “reading does indeed take you places.”(Dr. Seuss) and a book is
a great companion.

Brief History of the Bronx Book Fair
Launched in 2013, the Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and book lovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations. Our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading. I had the joy to speak with Jean Harripersaud in a Q&A about her work as a Bronx Book Fair Planning Committee member.

What brought you to the Bronx Book Fair?
A love of reading and a desire to spread the joy of reading to my fellow Bronxites.

What are you most looking forward to at the Bronx Book Fair?
Meeting Bronx Literary figures and of course, the wonderful people from the Bronx and beyond who will be in attendance.

What would you like attendees to take away from the Bronx Book Fair and the Bronx Library Center?
That the Bronx is a haven for all literary types, level, genres and ages.  Let’s get together and talk books – my favorite thing.

Does the Bronx play a role in your work/educational/cultural life?
If so, please explain.
I live and work in the Bronx.  I am very proud of the rich history of the Bronx, feel privileged to serve the peoples of the Bronx and am very enthused about the progress being made in the Bronx – especially having our own book fair and being a part of the team helping to make it happen.

Please tell us about any current or upcoming projects you are working on that we can look forward to.
At the Bronx Library Center we are working on getting more people to read more in order to raise reading levels across every age group in our lovely borough.  We have already seen some successes in the past 6 months with the increase of literary type programs – more folks are checking out more books to read.

Please share any additional information that might be of interest. Example, past Bronx Book Fair experience.

The Bronx Book Fair is the place to meet and connect with awesome literary talent from the Bronx.

“Thank you, Jean Harripersaud for a wonderful and informative interview!”
“Thank you, Lorraine Currelley!”

The Bronx Book Fair is free and takes place May 5, 2018 at the Bronx Library Center from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM! https://www.bronxbookfair.com.

©Lorraine Currelley Copyright 2018. All Rights Reserved.


 

BRONX BOOK FAIR COMMITTEE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT AND Q&A
With Michael Alvarez

Today we shine the spotlight on Bronx Book Fair committee member Michael Alvarez. Michael Alvarez is the Associate Director for the Central Bronx Neighborhood Branches of the New York Public Library.

Associate Directors

What​ ​brought​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Book​ ​Fair?
As​ ​the​ ​then,​ ​Chief​ ​Librarian​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Library​ ​Center,​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Book​ ​Fair​ ​in its​ ​infancy​ ​came​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​venue​ ​and​ ​the​ ​rest,​ ​as​ ​they​ ​say​ ​is​ ​history.​ ​ ​I​ ​am happy​ ​each​ ​year​ ​not​ ​only​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the​ ​host​ ​venue​ ​but​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​year​ ​long planning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book​ ​fair.​ ​ ​This​ ​is​ ​always​ ​a​ ​joy​ ​to​ ​me​ ​as​ ​with​ ​Americo​ ​Casiano​ ​and Ron​ ​Kavanaugh​ ​(the​ ​brain​ ​parents​ ​of​ ​the​ ​BBF),​ ​ ​we​ ​each​ ​valued​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of engaging​ ​folks​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​in​ ​the​ ​love​ ​of​ ​reading!

What​ ​are​ ​you​ ​most​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Book​ ​Fair?
I​ ​am​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​about​ ​the​ ​upcoming​ ​7​th​ ​Bronx​ ​Book​ ​Fair,​ ​as​ ​we​ ​are​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process of​ ​arranging​ ​several​ ​panel​ ​discussions​ ​and​ ​programs​ ​for​ ​people​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages.​ ​ ​A​ ​few​ ​of these​ ​include:​ ​how​ ​to​ ​get​ ​published​ ​and​ ​reading​ ​recommendations​ ​for​ ​different​ ​age groups.

What​ ​would​ ​you​ ​like​ ​attendees​ ​to​ ​take​ ​away​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Book​ ​Fair​ ​and​ ​the
Bronx​ ​Library​ ​Center? 
Attendance​ ​to​ ​these​ ​fairs​ ​has​ ​steadily​ ​grown​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years.​ ​ ​The​ ​expectation​ ​is​ ​that attendees​ ​will​ ​get​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​others​ ​while​ ​they​ ​actively​ ​participate​ ​in the​ ​programs.​ ​ ​The​ ​culture​ ​of​ ​reading​ ​is​ ​heavily​ ​promoted​ ​at​ ​this​ ​event.​ ​ ​My​ ​desire is​ ​for​ ​everyone​ ​that​ ​is​ ​visiting​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​Library​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​very​ ​first​ ​time​ ​to feel​ ​welcomed​ ​and​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​rich​ ​resources​ ​on​ ​each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​six​ ​floors​ ​of​ ​the Center!

Does​ ​the​ ​Bronx​ ​play​ ​a​ ​role​ ​in​ ​your​ ​work/educational/cultural​ ​life?​ ​If​ ​so,​ ​please
explain.
In​ ​my​ ​current​ ​professional​ ​role,​ ​I​ ​oversee​ ​12​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vibrant​ ​Libraries​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Central
Bronx.​ ​ ​As​ ​such,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​the​ ​pleasure​ ​of​ ​spending​ ​a​ ​great​ ​of​ ​time​ ​in​ ​this​ ​borough​ ​and seeing​ ​first-hand​ ​how​ ​the​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Public​ ​Library​ ​is​ ​impacting​ ​lives:​ ​Early​ ​literacy instruction,​ ​Coding​ ​for​ ​teens,​ ​Adult​ ​Basic​ ​Education,​ ​Career​ ​Assistance,​ ​English​ ​for speakers​ ​of​ ​other​ ​languages​ ​and​ ​much,​ ​much​ ​more.

Please​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​about​ ​any​ ​current​ ​or​ ​upcoming​ ​projects​ ​you​ ​are​ ​working​ ​on​ ​that​ ​we can​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to.
Mentoring​ ​@​ ​The​ ​Library​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​being​ ​offered​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Mott​ ​Haven​ ​Library​ ​in
the​ ​South​ ​Bronx.​ ​ ​This​ ​free​ ​program​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​for​ ​high​ ​school​ ​students​ ​with​ ​a
focus​ ​on​ ​College​ ​Readiness​ ​and​ ​Career​ ​Preparedness.

Bio
Michael​ ​Alvarez​ works in the Bronx, where he is currently the Associate Director for the Central Bronx Community Branches of The New York Public Library. A supporter and facilitator of literacy, lifelong learning and community engagement. He is a founding member of the Bronx Book Fair Committee. With more than 30 years of experience in public service with The New York Public Library, Michael has served the public,primarily in the Bronx and Manhattan in a variety of professional roles from Librarian, Library Manager, and Chief Librarian to Associate Director. He is a leader who is passionate about working with his colleagues in promoting the vast collections, educational programs and services that are expertly and freely offered by the staff at each of the branches of The New York Public Library.

Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director  January 4, 2018.

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Happy New Year 2018 Bronx Book Fair Community,

Bronx Book Fair 2017 was a success because of your ongoing support and participation. Our deepest appreciation. What have we been up to? We remain busy at work on Bronx Book Fair May 5, 2018.  We’re excited about all that we have scheduled  and can’t wait to share our news! Please continue checking Facebook, Twitter and the Bronx Book Fair website for updates.

Thank you, for your continued support as I proceed as the executive director. Your words of affirmation continue to propel me forward. You are appreciated beyond measure.

Wishing you and yours a healthy, prosperous and blessed 2018!

Lorraine Currelley
Executive Director

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Greetings Bronx Book Fair Community,

The Bronx Book Fair committee is actively engaged in planning  Bronx Book Fair 2018.  We are excited about the programming we have scheduled! We’ve invited a great lineup of literary artists for all age groups; children, tweens, teens and adults.

Artists representing the Bronx and the Greater New York City area. We’re introducing new innovative programming. This year we will introduce a health panel. This panel addresses health issues affecting our community of the Bronx.

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Bronx Book Fair, May 5, 2018 11AM until 8PM!-
FREE Admission. All Welcomed!

We are so grateful to each of  you for your support!

Lorraine Currelley,
Executive Director

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Greetings Bronx Book Fair Community,

My name is Lorraine Currelley. I am the newly elected Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair.  I look forward to working in this new and exciting role, with the Bronx Book Fair committee. It is humbling and an honor to be recognized for my commitment and contributions to the literary and performing and fine arts communities. To work to provide the best in literary programming for the Bronx, our sister boroughs and the greater New York City area and surrounding communities is a privilege. I look forward to the committee’s continued support and confidence as we proceed. 

I will continue to advocate for literacy, and to create innovative programming, to enhance the artistic experiences for community residents and opportunities for the Bronx literary community of poets and writers. Look for the Bronx Book Fair committee members page. Get to know the Bronx Book Fair committee.

Launched in 2013, the Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and book lovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations. Our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading. The Bronx Book Fair has a vision for mobilizing the trusted, neutral, information-rich public space of the library to deliver literary and literacy programming. A vision that includes building effective collaborations. A vision that fosters mastery and promotes meaningful social engagement. Our work to date affirms this vision. Thanks, to the Bronx Library Center, Michael Alvarez, Associate Director and Jean Harripersaud, Adult Librarian for your commitment, work and for providing such a wonderful home for the Bronx Book Fair.

Best wishes to Ron Kavanaugh former executive director for the Bronx Book Fair. Your work on behalf of the Bronx community and the Bronx Book Fair does not go unnoticed. 

In April of 2018 we will present a month of literary programming leading up to Bronx Book Fair May 5, 2018. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

In Service to community,
Lorraine Currelley,
Executive Director
Bronx Book Fair

© Copyright Lorraine Currelley 2017.  All Rights Reserved.

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