Coordinator, Early Childhood Services
Brooklyn Public Library
Rachel G. Payne is the coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library where she leads the BPL’s award-winning First Five Years initiative, manages new early childhood initiatives, develops new programs, and facilitates professional development. Previously, she ran the Early Childhood Resource and Information Center of The New York Public Library. She was a contributor to Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos (Sourcebooks, 2013) and Library Services Birth to Five (Facet, 2015). She has written about early literacy, children’s books, and library services to young children in School Library Journal (where she co-authors the “First Steps” column), Library Trends, Kirkus, and The Horn Book. She has served on the Scheider Family Book Award and the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award committees as well as chaired the Caldecott Award Selection Committee. She has presented on early literacy at the American Library Association Conference, Bank Street Infancy Institute, and the Young Child Expo and Conference.