High School Librarian, Durham, North Carolina
Beth Bruch (they/them) is a middle-aged antiracist, antizionist, queer, white, southern Jewish librarian and cat lover. Beth Bruch fights for justice and generally needs a nap.
Working with young people towards their discovery of their own unique brilliance has been the highlight of Beth’s career to date. Beth prizes their ability to form genuine relationships with students, especially those who feel disconnected from others. Beth has been the librarian at a public high school in rural North Carolina for the past seven years.
In their personal life, Beth engages in Palestinian solidarity work through Jewish Voice for Peace and the Durham2Palestine Coalition. They lead shacharit services for their small havurah and enjoy thinking about lots of things. Sometimes they write religious and secular material. They also write poetry and draw.
Beth received their Masters in Library Sciences degree from North Carolina Central University, their Masters in Social Work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College.
They love to read and to proselytize about a lot of books and authors, but Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and King and the Dragon Flies are two favorites, along with whatever book they are currently reading.