REFORMA LA Member Spotlight: Ziba Perez Zehdar

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Name: Ziba Perez Zehdar

Title:  Young Adult Librarian

MLIS program: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Primary service roles: I serve the Reforma LA chapter by snapping pictures and posting to the Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter of our #REFORMALA meet-ups, meetings, & socials.

How does your work align with service to Latinos and Spanish-speaking communities?: I'm a bilingual YA Librarian for the Baldwin Hills Branch and I serve the Spanish-speaking community by making space for bilingual zines and bilingual zine workshops as well as events such as LoterĂ­a night and presentations for Latino Heritage month by Professor Gloria Arjona.

Gratifying aspects of your work: Speaking with families and providing volunteer opportunities to teens that need work experience.

Some words of advice to other librarians and/or present and future MLIS students: Keep it up, never give up, never lose sight of why you do your work, the patrons in the community you serve!

Previous programs that I have done: Learn to DJ with #DJZibaZ! Sewing Rebellion workshops, learn to sew at the library! #ArtBlockZine workshop hosted by #DSTLArts for bilingual teen zine making to add to the #LAPLZineLibrary!