Library Services Specialist
Denver Public Schools
Janet R. Damon, MLSIS, Ed.S
Janet Rene Damon, Ed.S is a literacy engagement activist who has worked to empower families and support their access to libraries and collections that feature positive representation of diverse children and families. She is an educator with over twenty years of experience working with students and families as a librarian and literacy consultant. Janet has taught U.S. History, Ethnic Studies, Literacy Intervention and Information Literacy with students K-12 and is currently the Library Services Specialist for the Denver Public Schools.
Her work as a Family Literacy Specialist with BCDI-Denver allows her to support families building a culture of reading at home and increasing access to books and resources that support a child’s self-esteem, confidence, self-concept, and appreciation of their unique history and culture. She is a founding member of Afros and Books and wants to share the tremendous legacy of African American authors, innovators, and master storytellers. She has led workshops and presentations on diverse books for the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, Denver Comicon, the National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color and School Library Journal.
Janet is hosts a blog for multicultural mothers called MixMomma, that helps promote cross-cultural experiences that help foster friendships, support, and community among diverse communities of women. Her family is also featured in documentary called, All Mixed Up: Our Changing Racial Identity, where she talks about the power of being grounded in both her African American and Korean identity.
Follow Janet @BooksandAfros (Twitter) and @AfrosandBooks (Instagram)
Thursday, September 27
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Saturday, September 29
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM