Stephanie C. Prato

Director of Play to Learn Services
Fayetteville Free Library, NY
Graduated from Syracuse University
{Email} sprato@fflib.org
{Twitter} scprato

Stephanie is a passionate, driven leader who is committed to providing community members with the tools, opportunities, and experiences that will enable them to be self-motivated, lifelong learners. She believes in a shared, community-driven vision of the future and loves the work of pulling the present forward to meet it. With experience in youth services, community outreach, leadership, instruction, and technology, Stephanie excels in a variety of roles and thrives on new challenges.

Stephanie began her love affair with libraries at a young age; in high school, during the summers, she volunteered at her local library in East Marion, NY. Her interest in libraries followed her into higher education, and she worked at the circulation desk and as a student supervisor at the Sweet Briar College library, in VA while completing her B.A. in English. Her belief in the importance of  intellectual freedom, equitable access to information, and community engagement led her to pursue a career in librarianship.

Stephanie earned her MLIS at Syracuse University. During her time there, she was a member of 2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Advisory Committee and she designed and maintained barbarastripling.org. She also worked as a Graduate Assistant at SU where she assisted faculty members with research, assisted with instructional design and course management, and provided  instruction as a teaching assistant.

Stephanie is now the Director of Play to Learn Services at the Fayetteville Free Library. Her primary responsibilities involve planning, developing, and implementing the library’s early literacy program, facilitating all storytime programs (5 sessions a week from ages 0-5), and developing the library’s collection of the picture books, board books, readers, and early literacy iPads. She also created and implemented a project plan for a “Little Makerspace,” and designed a Little Makers area and associated library programs that promote STEM learning for young children. Stephanie is passionate about literacy and STEAM learning in libraries. She is interested in helping patrons of all ages discover new ideas, inspiring them to imagine, build, create, and share their knowledge with the community.