Kelli ShimabukuroChief, Programs and Outreach
Kelli Shimabukuro joined the Pratt Library in September 2018. As Chief of Programs and Outreach she oversees the Programs and Outreach Division, comprising the Children's Services, Young Adult Services, Adult Services, Book Buggy and Book Mobile. The Division facilitates equitable programming throughout the city, increases community engagement and provides accessible, meaningful programs including those on literacy, health and employment.
Kelli oversees many programs that reach the diverse community the Pratt Library serves, including One Book Baltimore, Writers LIVE, the Wash and Learn Initiative, and Imagination Celebration. She also created the Central Library’s Grand Reopening event, following extensive renovations to the Library.
Prior to her role at the Pratt Library, Kelli was the Community Education and Partnerships Coordinator for the Howard County Library System, where she pioneered the first library-based reading program for students reading to dogs (DEAR) in Maryland, as well as the "Choose Civility" Bumper Sticker campaign, and the Rube Goldberg Challenge, a STEM contest for elementary school students. She also assisted the Library in becoming the first in the nation to sponsor and send champions to the National Spelling Bee.
Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Kent State University and a Master of Library Science from The Catholic University of America.