Speakers 2022


Rakisha Kearns-White is the 2022 recipient of Brooklyn Public Library’s Dr. Lucille C. Thomas Award for Excellence in Librarianship. She is Brooklyn Public Library’s sex positive, BTS-loving, period equity advocate Young Adult Librarian. She has worked for the past 17-years in the Youth Wing at the library’s Central Branch. Her focus over the past five years has been facilitating puberty and sexuality education for teens; advocating for the prevention of compassion fatigue in library workers; and making the public library a welcoming space for all. During 2022, Rakisha has been spreading her message of the importance and appropriateness of teaching Sexuality Education in public libraries.


Sharell Walker
Alison O’Meara
Erin Hoopes
Meral Agish
Chelsea Condren
Jessica Espejel
Amber Certain
Headshot of Laura Garcia
Laura Garcia
Photo of EmmaKarin Eriksson
EmmaKarin Eriksson
Jhody Polk
Rachel Roseberry
Tiffany James
Amy Rosa
headshot of Lee Smith
Lee Smith
headshot of Jerrie Grantham
Jerrie Grantham
Mieka Moody
Alessandra Affinito with a lion hand puppet
Alessandra Affinito
Matt Amory in black buttton down shirt with an orang mask pulled down off his face
Matt Amory
Headhot of Leah Dudak, a smiling white woman with auburn hair and bangs
Leah Dudak