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Meet the adult services librarians

Our staff have a wide variety of interests and talents. They’re happy to help you choose just the right book, track down the information you need, or learn something new.

Bashiru

Location: Main Library

Bashiru was born in Brooklyn, New York but grew up in Nigeria. He received his undergraduate from Brooklyn College New York in broadcast journalism. He has worked at Brooklyn Public Library and Library of Congress then moved to Durham County Library as a library associate. Bashiru is currently working at North Regional. He is also a member of ALA and NCLA.

Carter

Location: Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Carter has worked as a reference and special collections librarian for 25+ years in academic and public libraries. He has contributed reviews and articles to nonprofessional publications and professional journals. He has served as a research assistant for numerous published books and documentary films such as the highly acclaimed ESPN documentary Black Magic which examined Civil Rights era America through the prism of basketball at historically Black colleges and universities. Carter’s personal interests are numerous, but he is especially interested in the visual and performing arts, bibliography, history, horticulture, world and American literature, ethnomusicology, design and craft, architecture, anthropology, psychology, etc. Carter does not have a favorite book per se as each book and subject area he reads provides him with some insight he did not have previously. Carter has lived, worked, and traveled in many foreign countries and locales within the United States; thus, he considers himself a citizen of the world.

Pronouns: he/him

Cleo in a Halloween costume representing her devilish sense of humor

Cleo

Location: Main Library

Cleo took a circuitous route to become part of the library family: by way of the United States Air Force. Reading was always a hobby for her, and she combined her love for it with the GI Bill and landed nicely. Born in Brooklyn, NY, and having lived in England and the beautiful state of Maine (ten minutes from Canada), Cleo developed eclectic tastes. With decades of experience at the library, she believes the biggest factor in getting the most out of all that is available, as a customer or staff, is to relax, stay positive, and have fun whenever you can!

North Regional adult services manager Desiree standing outside in front of green grass and trees

Desiree

Location: North Regional Library

Desiree grew up in Utah before moving to North Carolina in 2005. She loves reading young adult literature – especially books that make her cry. Desiree will talk for hours about our digital resources like Hoopla and OverDrive. When she is not working, she is usually hiking or playing with two pit bulls.

Pronouns: she/her

Edward

Location: Main Library

Edward was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to the United States. He has a bachelors of science degree in chemistry from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He also has his masters in library science from NCCU. He has a heart for helping people; thus, he loves working at the Durham County Library.

Tagged file folders representing Emily's many library interests and activities, including book clubs, the volunteer fair, and more

Emily

Location: North Regional Library

Emily is a native of Ohio who loves living in Durham. Her favorite resource on this website is NoveList Plus, an amazing place to go for book recommendations, series order, and so much more! A few of Emily’s other favorite things: LIBRARIES, reading, walking, helping people, cats, more reading, book clubs, and bringing interesting people from the community into the library to share useful information. Also reading.

Pronouns: she/her

Jason

Location: Main Library

Jason is a North Carolina native. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Saint Augustine’s University and his MLS from North Carolina Central University. Before joining Durham County Library, Jason served as reference librarian at the Forest History Society in Durham. During his free time, he enjoys building and tinkering with computers.

Humanities and Adult Programming Coordinator Jenny Levine

Jenny

Jenny is deeply committed to community engagement and high-quality programming. She is an active community volunteer and avid follower of vegan food blogs. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and house full of cats. You can find her reading international literature, attending local arts programs, and listening to audiobooks as she walks the historic neighborhoods of Durham. Jenny has a BA in English from Appalachian State University, as well as a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University.

Pronouns: she/her

John, beard contest winner, in his best wizard costume

John

Location: Main Library

“Far over the Misty Mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, ere break of day, To seek our pale enchanted gold…”

Pronouns: he/him

Laura as a child, wearing the classic glasses-nose-and-mustache costume

Laura

Location: South Regional Library

Laura works at South Regional Library as a Library Associate. She enjoys reading historical fiction, fantasy, and forgotten middlebrow titles of the 1920s through 1950s. In her off time, she enjoys baking cupcakes, petting cats, and collecting tiny things from Japan.

Pronouns: she/her

Leah's adorable dog "reading" an open book

Leah

Location: Southwest Regional Library

Leah is the Adult Services Manager at Southwest Regional Library. Whether handling questions regarding meeting room reservations or collaborating with community partners to provide adult programming, she is passionate about making a positive impact at Durham County Library with a specific focus on expanding access to information and empowering individuals. When not reading picture books to her daughter, she enjoys reading mystery and suspense, historical fiction, and nonfiction sociology of race relations.

Pronouns: she/her

Adult services librarian Mark

Mark

Location: East Regional Library

Mark was born in Boston but grew up in small-town Camden, DE, pop. 2k. He attended U of Delaware for an English B.A. and UNC for library science. He has two grown kids, lives in Raleigh with his wife Kate and pets Rosie and Lemon, and loves to bike, brew, read, hike, cook, and fish.

Pronouns: he/him

Natalie in front of a black-and-white mural showing some large tentacles

Natalie

Location: Main Library

Natalie is an Adult Services Librarian at the Main Library. Her career began in a small, rural library in western North Carolina. She is an avid crafter and particularly enjoys helping adult and senior customers find creative outlets and learn new skills. She is usually reading a young adult fantasy series, true crime, or a good ghost story.

Pronouns: she/her

Adult services librarian Phil

Phil

Location: East Regional Library

Phil is a Tar Heel alum who dabbled in several dozen professions before settling on librarianship. He is an independently published fantasy author who is active in the regional writing scene and is slowly figuring out how to convert his love of fantasy football into another secondary career. Phil continues riding his bike to work, even though he’s been struck by moving cars on a number of occasions.

Pronouns: he/him

Adult Services librarian Raivynn

Raivynn

Location: Southwest Regional Library

Raivynn is an Adult Services Librarian at Southwest Regional Library. Born in Ohio, they have moved around quite a bit in pursuit of education and the perfect scoop of ice cream. A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, they are passionate about digital literacy and diversity and accessibility in libraries. They are a big fan of almost every genre of music, graphic novels, and (not too thrilling) thrillers. When not roaming the stacks, they enjoy going for hikes, baking, and hanging out with their partner and dog.

Pronouns: they/them

Tonja

Location: Main Library

Tonja was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University and her M.L.S. from North Carolina Central University. She has worked in various departments for numerous years at Durham County Library. She enjoys helping people of all ages. She takes pride in providing excellent customer service. Tonja is an advocate for lifelong learning. In her time off, she enjoys spending with her family, cooking, reading, outdoor recreational activities, performing arts, and community outreach.