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Junior Librarian-in-eResidence

Ainara Alleyne seated beside a pile of HPL books.

Hamilton Public Library welcomes our first Junior Librarian-in-eResidence, Ainara Alleyne. She is a Grade 6 student who loves to read and recommend books that celebrate diversity and culture through characters and themes. Ainara’s residency runs January 2021 to December 2021.

Jr. Librarian Recommends BadgeRecommendations by Ainara

Looking for school age reader recommendations? Ainara has suggestions! Complete the Which Book Next online form to receive Junior Librarian approved print and/or digital materials. With over 67 hand-selected fiction and non-fiction titles, there’s a variety of books or eBooks for children and teens.

The achievements of Viola Desmond — the woman who appears on our $10 — is cause for celebration. Ainara explains why in this video. Learn more about Viola in this Discover at Home activity page.

CBC logoWatch CBC's The National recent interview with the avid reader, at HPL's Turner Park Branch.
Ainara discusses how her love of reading has evolved and shaped her reading choices.

Learn more about Ainara in a recent CBC News article.

2021 Just One Wish Kindness Award RecipientAnia, HPLs Junior Librarian in Residence holding her award

Congratulations to our Junior Librarian-in-eResidence, Ainara, who received a 2021 Just One Wish Kindness Award. The award recognizes Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board students age 4-18 who show kindness to themselves, peers, and the community.

Ainara, 12, is notable for creating Ainara’s Bookshelf on Instagram. Her mission: to find, read, recommend and celebrate books featuring diverse characters. Since January she has been doing the same as HPL’s Junior Librarian-in-eResidence.