REFORMA LA Member Spotlight: Concepcion Flores (aka Connie)

Name: Concepcion Flores (aka Connie)
Title: Children's Librarian
MLIS program: SJSU
Primary service roles: children's services which include(story time, outreach, programming), weeding, purchasing materials for children, scheduling library class visits, etc.

How does your work align with service to Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities?
I work in a city that is mostly Spanish speaking and I am assigned to purchase Spanish children's materials, story time, outreach, etc. Although I am mainly a children's librarian and deal more with children, I am always helping Spanish adult speakers to get information from getting directions, contacting a company or getting facts. 

Gratifying aspects of your work:
I love it when children tell me that they miss me when they don't see me (when they don't see me for storytime). Let's me know I am making a difference. It's also great to get little notes from them that say they love the library. It's also fun for me to be silly and be one of the kids.

Some words of advice to other librarians and/or present and future MLIS students:
For those who are librarians, thanks for sharing ideas! It's always great to hear and see what other libraries do. For those who are ready to jump in the field, don't be afraid to ask questions. We learn to know what to do. For those who are still in school, look for ways to volunteer or start a part time job. You learn more when you do the work rather than write about it.

I am currently working on Batman Day for tomorrow. It will be for ages 5-10. A craft and activities will be the in effect.  Am also working on Stranger Things Party -coming in Dec. 2016.

Previous programs that I have done: 
(At Santa Monica) STEAM story time for preschoolers and their parent/caretaker, kids crafts, bilingual storytime, kids gardening, kids yoga.

I started my librarian skills at Whittier Public Library with the Children's Department back in 2007. But started working in 2001, as a page.