Master of Library and Information Science (M.S.)/Children's Literature (M.A.) Dual Degree
Education Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
April Mazza is an education specialist with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, consulting and advising library staff, Friends and trustees and managing the agency's professional library. Previously, she was the head of youth services for more than 10 years at the Wayland Public Library. Before that, she worked in an elementary school library and in the physical sciences library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an undergrad. Prior to graduating from Simmons SLIS, Mazza volunteered for several weeks at a school library in South Africa.
Mazza has been very active in local, regional and national associations. She was a board member of the New England Roundtable of Teen and Children's Librarians from 2004 until 2012 and for more than 10 years a dedicated member of the Eastern Massachusetts Book Review Committee. She participated in the inaugural session of the William Morris Book Evaluation Seminar in 2008, which led to service on two grant administration committees with ALSC and election to the 2012 Sibert Book Award committee. She continues to write youth literature reviews for Kirkus, Horn Book Guide and School Library Journal.
In her spare time, Mazza likes to read, of course, but also loves traveling and knitting with the ultimate goal of combining all three.