Officers

Karen Nguyen, Co-President

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MLIS Area of Interest: Children and youth services

Favorite Children’s Books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, and “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

I am: a Fan of all things Austen and Tolkien

www.KarenAboutBooks.com  Twitter: @karennguyen / Email: karen.m.nguyen@gmail.com


Marisa Soltz, Co-President

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MLIS Area of Interest: Library services/ youth services

Favorite Children’s Book: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, and baking gluten free and Paleo goods

Weird Fact: My sister and I were born on the same day, but two years apart.


                                                                   Diamond Cronen, Vice President
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Favorite Children’s Book: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, and The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

Weird Fact: I’m left handed, is that weird? I speak Pig Latin and Farsi, but not at the same time…

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Helen Koo, Vice President/Publicist

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Favorite Children’s Book:  Jamberry by Bruce Degen; Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White; Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

MLIS Area of Interest:  Library Services – Reference, Early Literacy, and ILI

Dream Job: Being a children’s librarian at a library/doggie daycare. Storytime with puppies everyday!

Contact: helenmkoo@ucla.edu.


Tim Chu, Treasurer

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Favorite Children’s Book: Sherman Alexie taught me Comparative Ethnic Literature at UW, and he would be very upset with me if I didn’t list his book…. so Hey, Al. jk jk, The Absolutly True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Weird Fact: I have a very hard time understanding why the friends in Friends are friends

Dream Job: NBA player, but I didn’t hit the genetic lottery.

Contact: tsc3@ucla.edu


Emily Meehan, Secretary (2nd-Year)

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Favorite Children’s Book: “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak for YA, “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen for children’s.

Weird Fact: I absolutely love to study Soviet Russian history.

Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast – the original Disney version. I can probably quote and sing the entire film by heart.

Interests & Hobbies: Doing crosswords, finding ways to replace unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones in baked goods recipes, winetasting (I grew up in Central Coast wine country), and of course READING.

Contact: elmeehan92@gmail.com


Alexa Romero, Secretary (First-Year)

alexa picFavorite Children’s Book: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

5 Words: Clever, stubborn, creative, overly protective, always hungry

Hobbies: Watching the Star Wars series with a bottle of red wine surrounded by lots of puppies and donuts.

Contact: alexaltromero@gmail.com


Christina Thompson, Web Administrator

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Favorite Children’s Book: Golden Son by Pierce Brown, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Interests & Hobbies: In my humble opinion, the best present entails a bottle of good wine and a great book. But a spa day, flying trapeze class, or a plane ticket to a tropical island with good surfing will work too.

MLIS Area of Interest: Informatics, Children’s and Young Adult Library Services

Contact: christinat@ucla.edu


Melissa Carroll, Web Administrator

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Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite books of all time are the Harry Potter series-they are what got me interested in reading when I was a kid. If I had to narrow it down to one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my favorite of the seven.

Weird Fact: According to my mom, my thumbs are on the wrong hands…I’m not sure I believe her but she swears by it.

Hogwarts House: My hogwarts house is technically Slytherin, however I like to think of myself as a cross between Ravenclaw and Slytherin. I guess that makes me a Slytherclaw!

Melissa can be contacted at mc4115@nyu.edu