OUR LIBRARY IS A LAUNCHPAD FOR TEENS LIKE HER, THANKS TO FRIENDS.
Elizete Diaz loves libraries. “I grew up in libraries,” says the Bloomington Kennedy High School senior. “My mom would even take off work to bring me to the library,” she says with warm nostalgia.
A few years ago, a friend from Elizete’s track team suggested she apply for job as a Teen Public Service Assistant, a job that would provide Elizete the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and engage with members of their community. It seemed like a perfect fit.
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Coming from a Spanish-speaking family, Elizete takes pride in her heritage and her ability to help the many Spanish-speaking patrons who visit the Augsburg Park Library feel welcome—including her own parents.
“My dad likes to come in for books, and my mom likes to get cookbooks. They don’t speak English, but they’re learning by coming to the library.”
Over the past two years, Elizete has developed a special relationship with her supervisor and mentor, Amy Kennedy Fosseen, who even helped Elizete throughout her college application process.
“Amy’s given me great advice on college and made it clear that yes, education is important. I didn’t have a role model for the college application process. I’m the first person in my family to go to college.” Following college, Elizete says, “I hope to work in social services, helping kids.”
Generous donors are contributing nearly $235,000 to these programs to support wages, adult mentoring, and leadership training for teens at our library this year.
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With ambitions of helping the next generation of young people, Elizete affirms the simple truth that her mentor Amy has seen proven endlessly: “The Library is important to people for different reasons, but it is so important.”