Teresa Valdez, assistant branch manager and librarian at the Big Pine Key branch of the Monroe County Library System, was named Monroe County’s 2020 Employee of the Third Quarter for continuing to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Monroe County despite COVID-19 challenges. She has been reading stories to toddlers at the library for more than 20 years.
Continuing storytime for her favorite littlest constituents – the children – she continued reading stories for young and even started virtual programming online “Simple Spanish for Kids.” Her “Baby Shark” rendition has also gone viral.
Kim Rinaldi, Big Pine Key’s Branch Manager, said Valdez has expanded the walls of the library by continuing to install a love of reading in children, not only in our county but across the country. “Teresa is a model for the educational and enriching role that libraries play in their communities,” she said.
To view Valdez’s weekly stories, visit www.facebook.com/bigpinekeylibrary or her special reading of one of her favorite books “The Long-Nosed Pig” at www.facebook.com/monroecountybocc.