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Spreading the Love of Libraries

July 17, 2020

Jung, Deborah (Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District)

Reading; Libraries; Immigration; Librarians; Diversity; Science Fiction; Children's Literature

Librarian Deborah Jung describes the moment she discovered libraries and the riches they offer, which fueled her passion for opening the world of literature to children.

For Jung, finding a library as a child was like “going to heaven.” The beauty of Madeleine L’Engle’s writing introduced her to the world of science fiction, a genre that thematizes acceptance, empathy, and humanity. More recently, as a reader, Jung has turned to literature about immigration. As a school librarian, she strives to choose books—especially those that feature African American and Hispanic characters—in which students may see reflections of themselves.


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