Mr. Richard E. Ashby, Jr., is the Director of the Sto-Rox Public Library in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania; Co-Founder and Director of LiteracyNation, PA Black Librarians Caucus and President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He became a Librarian in order to make a difference in the lives of everyone that he meets.
Librarianship has helped him reach his goals and live his dreams. His amazing journey, however, did not begin as a Librarian, although his mother told him that he would probably become one.
An upcoming book, due out in Spring 2021, shares seemingly unreal vignettes from Mr. Ashby's life. His amazing story weaves the reader through experience after experience and adventure after adventure on his arduous path to become the President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Resiliency is a word that has been Mr. Ashby's friend and helped him journey through life's challenges. Due to the many peaks and valleys experienced in his own life, Mr. Ashby relates well with people from all walks of life. When asked how he can do this with such ease, his answer is always, " because I have been there." "Compassion has been the hallmark of my journey. My Libraries are hubs of the community. Let me tell you how to reach the people you serve in more tangible ways."
Mr. Ashby received a Bachelor of Science Degree degree from the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, NY., and Master of Library Science Degree from Queens College, Flushing, NY.
He was the first African American male Librarian and Director in Delaware County PA. He was the 2014 Librarian of the year, 2017 recipient of the Library Journal Movers Award, past president of the New York Black Librarians Caucus, and Co Pastor of Church of Christian Fellowship, Upper Darby PA.
He is a Certified GED Tutor and a Certified Adult Literacy Tutor,
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