Coordinator, Early Childhood Services
Brooklyn Public Library
Rachel G. Payne is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Services at Brooklyn Public Library where she leads the BPL’s award-winning First Five Years initative. She hold a MS Ed in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College of Education and an MLS from Long Island University. Previously, she taught in both public and private schools and she ran the Early Childhood Resource and Information Center of The New York Public Library. She was a contributor to Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos: A Guide to Laughing, Learning and Growing Together Through Books (Sourcebooks, 2013) and Library Services Birth: Delivering the Best Start (Facet, 2015). She writes about early literacy, children’s books, and library services to young children for School Library Journal, where she co-authors the “First Steps” column with Jessica Ralli, Library Trends, and The Horn Book blog “Calling Caldecott.” She has been a board book reviewer for Kirkus since 2013. She served on the 2009 Caldecott Award Selection Committee, chaired the 2016 Committee, and served as a member of the inaugural Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award selection committee. She has presented on early literacy at the American Library Association Conference, Bank Street Infancy Institute, Young Child Expo, Public Library Association Conference, and at other professional gatherings. Rachel lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM