Organizing and preparing children’s books
Jovanna enjoying her visit to Teotihuacan, Mexico
My career began in teaching, although I was studying social work. While studying at Pacific University in Forest Grove, I taught computer classes to cleaning staff.
I then worked for the Oregon Child Development Coalition in association with the Centro Cultural de Washington County as program coordinator for the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) where I directed education programs ranging from literacy to high school. In some subjects the students had to do research, so I sent them to the libraries. When I was studying, a lot of my time was spent in the Forest Grove City Library, so I suggested that they go to that library since I knew it very well and could advise them.
Over time, I visited other libraries and learned about all the resources they offered. I passed that information on to more people. This is how I saw that I could combine my social work career. Eventually a position opened at the Hillsboro Public Library giving me the opportunity to help more people in my community.
I love traveling and doing crafts. I also love to dance.
I enjoy learning new things, so much that for a while I dedicated myself to balloon twisting. If someone is willing to teach me a new skill, I sign up right away.
Now that I work for Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) I really enjoy it because I can finally put together all my passions. I continue to connect the community with resources, I can raise my voice for them, I do crafts and create material so that librarians can offer story reading without having to take much of their time, and I continue to bring knowledge to places where it is difficult for them to reach to the library.
Being able to combine your favorite hobbies with your career is not achieved every day and the libraries have given me that opportunity. Without a doubt, I can relate a lot to the famous phrase of Confucius, "Choose a job that you like, and you will not have to work a day of your life."