Christine Kroger is the Children’s Librarian at the Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls where her focus is on collaboration with community partners to create more equitable opportunities for all learners in her community.
A graduate of Geneva College, she is invested in the Beaver Falls community and creates and directs programming that promote social justice, equitable education, and family engagement through diverse avenues. Christine runs a reading program with incarcerated parents at the County Jail to encourage the connection between parent and child. She also directs an after school program during the school year in partnership with Trails ministry, an organization which supports families affected by incarceration. This program received the Curiosity Creates Grant and Best Practice Award from American Library Services for Children (ALSC) and Disney in 2016. During the summer months, the library supports equitable learning through their outreach STEAM programming at the five Public Housing Authority sites where camps are held. Partnerships with the Community Garden and Conservation Educators allow the library to create more complete curriculum for our learners. As a creative, Christine employs art in its various forms, and especially community-based art as a venue for exploration and storytelling.
Christine continues to foster new partnerships, develop existing collaborations, and seek funding to better impact the children and families in her community.