November 21, 2017

Jayne Damron | Movers & Shakers 2007

Pied Piper

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Her colleagues at the Farmington Community Library call Jayne Damron the ‘pied piper’ because she’s lured children to the library by going where they are, honoring where they come from, and understanding what they love.

Believing that children in daycare were poorly served by the library, Damron surveyed childcare facilities and established the need for an outreach program. She then designed it and made it happen. Her Busy Bees Bags program provides deposit collections at every childcare center, including topical bags of books, CDs, and activities. Damron also schedules librarians to do storytime in the centers and offers workshops and a newsletter for childcare providers that features book lists, activities, and child development information.

Overcoming language in her multicultural community and distribution difficulties, she’s built a collection of children’s books in 22 languages.

Damron knows ‘it’s a lot easier to draw kids in when you know what they love.’ Her marketing ploy for a Japanese-language program was ‘Learn about the country where Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon originated.’

The children’s artwork that overflows her office is evidence of the pied piper’s success. She says each picture tells her, ‘I was able to connect with the child who drew it.’

 

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CURRENT POSITION Children’s Outreach Librarian, Farmington Community Library, MI

DEGREES MLIS, Wayne State University, 2004

REVIEWER School Library Journal

JUDGE Michigan Library Association Thumbs Up! Award for Teen Literature

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