Friday, September 20 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Community Embedded Library Service: A Hennepin County Library Initiative

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Learn how Hennepin County Library extends programs and services directly into communities through Community-Embedded Library Service (CELS). The model seeks collective impact and looks for key partnership opportunities, including partnerships with other Hennepin County or nonprofit organization initiatives, and develops strategies around assets in the community. Hear about current work with the Latino community in Bloomington/Richfield, with the Native American community in the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis and the East African community in Cedar Riverside.


Karina Kelton

Karina Kelton is the Community Liaison with the CELS project at the Oxboro Library that serves the Latino Community. Karina has strong roots and deep knowledge of the Latino community in the Twin Cities. She has lived in Mexico and understands the values and needs of immigrants who... Read More →
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Mary Dubbs

Youth Services Librarian, Hennepin County Library
Mary Dubbs is the Community Embedded Librarian with the Oxboro Library CELS project that serves the Latino community. She has lived and volunteered in Latin America, and worked with the Latino community in Oakland, CA before moving home to Minnesota. Her background is in children’s... Read More →

Abshir Omar

Abshir Omar is the Community Liaison for CELS project team at Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center. Cedar Riverside resides large Somali community. Abshir was born in Somalia and moved to Minnesota in the mid- 1990’s. He attended middle school, high school, and college in Minnesota... Read More →

Allison Waukau

Allison Waukau is Navajo and Menominee and the Community Liaison for the Franklin Library CELS project with a concentration in the Native community of Minneapolis. She has extensive experience working within Native communities on and off the reservation in areas of education, youth... Read More →

Becky Wolf

Becky Wolf is a librarian focused on building relationships, connecting people to resources, and empowering people through access to information. Actively working towards reconciliation efforts within libraries, she works closely with the Native community to develop library services... Read More →
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Sara Zettervall

Whole Person Librarianship
Sara Zettervall is the Community Embedded Librarian for Hennepin County Library at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a collaboration of library, city, county, college, and nonprofit partners in Minneapolis. Alongside the HCL Somali Community Liaison, she supports the education... Read More →

Sarah Garbis

Sarah Garbis is the Service Manager for the Hennepin County Library Community Embedded Library Service initiative. Sarah leads programs, partnerships, and community engagement for the three communities in the library’s CELS initiative. Sarah also manages HCL’s presence... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
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