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 Lotería 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!