‘Street Librarian’ aims to bring more books to Baltimore kids

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To note: This story was originally published by The Baltimore Banner.

From AP (via SF gate):

Araba maze image source: Storybookmaze/YouTube project

Araba Maze noticed neighborhood kids gathering around her as she read children’s books to her niece on her front porch. As she was finishing the narration, one of the children asked, “When are you going to start again?”

Later, she did daily story readings with neighborhood children and eventually became a librarian.

But she noticed things looked different at work: “After being a librarian, I realized I wasn’t reaching those same kids in my neighborhood inside the library.”

Maze took to the streets, becoming a “radical street librarian” and the creator of the Storybook Maze Project, an organization that strives to provide children’s books through community shelves, free book kiosks and vending machines. books in Baltimore neighborhoods classified as “book deserts.” Maze is one of many people and organizations trying to bring more equity to Baltimore in the form of diverse and relevant books for children and students in need of a read.

Learn More, Read the full article (about 1700 words)

See also: VIDEO: The StorybookMaze Project – Meet the radical street librarian easing Baltimore’s book deserts (July 26, 2022; via StorybookMaze)

See also: A Baltimore librarian competes for money to create reading nooks in underserved areas (via WBAL; November 18, 2021)

See also: Araba Maze on LinkedIn

Filed Under: Associations & Organizations, Libraries, News, Video Recordings

About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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