Meet Jenna

cropped-cropped-img_5901.jpgWhen I was in middle school, I made sure my locker was stocked with books so I could loan them out to classmates. Now I’m a librarian.

I’m Jenna K. Ingham and I am a Youth Services Librarian at Summit Free Public Library in Summit, New Jersey. I plan programs for teens, host Story Time for pre-schoolers, and do so many other fun things with children, young adults, and families — which is awesome because my passion in libraries is children’s literacy and literature, and giving epic high fives to kids.

Prior to becoming a librarian, I was a Circulation Supervisor at Drew University and Youth Services Librarian Assistant at Caldwell Public Library. I also have nearly a decade of retail bookstore experience, which renders me practically invincible. I’m a fairy tale enthusiast and I bring silliness to Story Time. I love to play pretend and I don’t believe you can ever have too many glue sticks!

Playfulness aside, I’m also an ardent academic with research background in American history, as well as conference presentation experience in gender studies. My focus while obtaining my undergraduate degree in History with a minor and Women’s Studies from Seton Hall University was learning about marginalized people and I honed my skills in exploring the other. This thoughtful awareness provides me with an essential perspective while serving members from diverse communities that I meet in the vibrant world of libraries.

“Dear Jenna,

You are so nice, caring, funny, and you love cats. You are one of my favorite librarian.

❤ you

Brittany”

-teen library patron, 7th grade (2017)

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Testimonial

“It was lovely working with you at Drew University. You are vibrant, attentive and brilliant at reader’s advisory. Thank you for being focused and kind during my first time training at the Circulation desk. You have taught me so much about the ways in which reading and activism intersect. It is your enthusiasm for reading and community engagement that makes you a great librarian and colleague. I wish you the best in all future endeavors.” –Yanira Ramirez, Drew University (2019)

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