We are librarians, artists, and educators who are committed to teaching others how to connect art to literacy through programming.
Art is a doorway into a wider world, providing an opportunity for exploration and discovery. We understand art to be mankind’s method of interacting and commenting on the world around them. Therefore, we believe that everyone, no matter their perceived creative talents, has the ability to create and share art.
As a center of the community with a longstanding history of fostering the growth and development of children, the library is uniquely placed to become a wellspring of creativity and artistic expression in our society. Libraries have long been dedicated to providing cultural programs and opportunities to their community, and art programming is one of the many ways that is made possible.
Art programming is easy, fun, and necessary for libraries as we explore our roles in an ever-evolving society. We are dedicated to training librarians in specific, proven techniques that will enable them to provide quality programming in their communities. We provide hands-on training that allows librarians to become comfortable with new skills before taking them back to their library and implementing innovative programs.
Jennifer Parker recently entered her 28th year of public service and her 22th year as the Branch Manager of the Green Cove Springs Library, a small urban facility in North Florida. She has been developing and implementing programs for children, teens and adults since 1988. Since the 1990’s, Jennifer has served as an event planner for several educational, non-profit organizations. She has been an active lecturer on art appreciation, a weaving instructor/demonstrator, and a teacher of origami for more than 20 years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Elizabeth McConney has been providing art programming at libraries and schools in around the first coast since 2002. With a BA in visual arts from New College of FL, Elizabeth is a studio artist who works by commission. She offers a popular weekly early literacy art class, a monthly teen art program and a weekly art program for school age children. She crafts amazing felt stories. She works with local schools to provide school age and tween literacy programming.
Amber Holley is the Manager for Youth Services at the Jacksonville Public Library. She was hired by JPL in 2004 and has worked as a teen librarian, children’s librarian, and a branch manager in several libraries both large and small, urban and suburban. Amber has been presenting training to other librarians since 2007. She has a B.A. from New College of FL, a M.L.I.S. from USF, and is a graduate of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute.