“A legitimate dream come true” for BCPL’s Community Events Liaison

It’s hard to believe I have already been at BCPL for one year! As the Community Events Liaison for Youth Services, I spend most of my time at the Main Library, but I’m fortunate to get to travel to the other branches as well. Spending time at all our locations allows me to work with so many different people, and getting to know everyone makes my job that much more fun. BCPL has been a perfect fit for what I was looking for and has allowed me to feel a sense of pride in what I do. It is very rewarding to know that I am assisting in quality programming for BCPL families.

I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and was born into a very musical household. Music is a huge part of how my family communicates. I remember during all of the craziest times in my life, that the one constant was music. This passion eventually drove me to become a music teacher which was amazing. I have so many wonderful memories of my students and their performances. I would not trade that time in my life for the world. During my last two years of teaching, I went back to school to get my Masters in Arts Administration which is when I realized how much I wanted to work in a nonprofit organization. Once I finished my degree and saw the open position at BCPL, there was no question that I was going to apply for it and the rest is history!

Last year I married the love of my life. We had a Disney-themed wedding because we are huge Disney nerds. I have loved Disney ever since I can remember and basically have convinced my husband to love it just as much. He proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom – a legitimate dream come true. My favorite Disney trip that we have taken so far is to Disneyland Paris. It was beyond magical!

Quality time with family and friends is always my top priority. I am blessed to have the best! In my spare time, I listen to and play music. My husband plays guitar, so we play and sing a lot together. Live music is my jam! Arts and theater are other loves of mine. I enjoy being around the “arts scene” in downtown Cincinnati. I love board games of all sorts, but watch out if you play with me, because I am super competitive.

In more recent news, my husband and I got a puppy! Her name is Luna, and she is a Mini Bernedoodle. She brings so much love and laughter to our lives! My guilty pleasure is religiously watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, so if you are also a fan and you want to chat about THE MOST DRAMATIC SEASON EVER, feel free to give me a call.

Meet Adriana…from Mexico to the Florence Branch!

Being bilingual has many advantages, and for Adriana Silva, it paved the path for her future. Adriana was born and raised in Mexico living there until she was thirty. With her Mom being from America (Texas) and her Dad being from Mexico, Adriana was brought up speaking both languages and loving both cultures. She has always celebrated, with respect, Independence Day for both countries on July 4 and September 16. Adriana’s Mom was committed to teaching her daughters about America and making them feel a part of the country. She had many American friends in Mexico that Adriana interacted with and planned at least one trip a year to visit with Adriana’s grandparents in Texas.

Adriana with her husband and daughter at Niagara Falls.

Adriana is the middle child of two sisters that together created a close childhood bond. Because of the year round nice weather, the sisters spent most of their childhood outdoors hiking, swimming, biking and just getting dirty. Scouts played an active role in Adriana’s childhood and the members became additional siblings in an extended family for Adriana to grow up with. It was a mix of both boys and girls that participated in many outdoor adventures that required roughing it. Living near the mountains, the Scouts would regularly hike and climb with backpacks looking for a perfect spot to camp. No family campsites and no indoor activities for this group!

After Adriana graduated from high school, she was highly sought after to teach the English language. Coming from two parents that were teachers and deciding she wanted more, Adriana continued to teach English while earning a Bachelors in Pedagogy. In 2000, Adriana married in Mexico. Shortly after, Adriana’s parents and sisters moved to the United States for job opportunities. In 2006, after her daughter turned one, Adriana followed her family to the United States with her husband and daughter. Eventually all but one sister landed in Northern Kentucky.

When Adriana saw that the Florence Branch of Boone County Public Library was looking for a bilingual person, she knew it was the perfect fit with her experience and degree. She has been with BCPL now for twelve years as a Youth Services Associate determining what the community needs and planning age appropriate programs to meet the need. Adriana’s favorite part of working at BCPL is the opportunity to work with the Hispanic community. She runs the Spanish Storytimes, family programs and Hispanic outreach. One-on-one meetings with Spanish speaking adults allows her to help with resumes, immigration forms, school paperwork, printing documents, translations, etc. Every day is different as Adriana offers a sense of comfort to those trying to settle into a new area.

In her spare time, Adriana enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She truly enjoys just being a Mom and is very close to her daughter. They take long walks, visit various parks, watch movies and enjoy being outdoors. They recently took an amazing road trip to Niagara Falls and then headed to Boston where they met up with Adriana’s family to celebrate her parents’ 50th Anniversary. Although they enjoyed all the historical sites, their favorite was the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. It was a trip they will never forget!

Adriana with her family celebrating her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

For Adriana, being bilingual gave her an upper hand in the job market when graduating high school, an academic advantage through college, a better understanding of a different culture and ease of moving to another country. The Florence Branch has a great resource for Spanish speaking people looking to understand English, and Adriana is there to help!