Candice Mack

Book Banning and the Gatekeepers: Curation vs. Censorship, Saturday, May 6 at 5:00pm, Mt. View Mausoleum

Candice Mack manages system-wide Teen Services at the Los Angeles Public Library. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Public Library Association’s (PLA) Board of Directors, recently chaired YALSA’s Morris Debut Award Committee and is a past President of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Candice co-authored a chapter in Media Literacy for Justice: Lessons for Changing the World (2022), based on the Teens Leading Change civic engagement initiative she created at her library, and has taught at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies since 2014. She was also an inaugural member of the American Library Association’s Library Advocacy & Policy Corps. Her commitment to community, connected learning, social justice, and intellectual freedom plus an unusual coincidence led her to pursue public librarianship.

Books That Make a Difference: The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans by Ronald Takaki, Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord.