Music is escape for library’s ‘hip-hop intern’

Since she was 9 years old, Brown hasn’t hesitated to try out for school musicals or the choir. Music is her way of expressing herself.

“I’m in my happy place when I sing,” Brown, 18, said. “As soon as I start, I’m being myself and enjoying myself.”

A passion for music is what landed the Bosse High School graduate the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s paid summer internship through a new program sponsored by the Public Library Association. The Inclusive Internship Initiative is a public library internship awarded to about 50 high school juniors or seniors across the U.S. who come from diverse backgrounds.

With individual guidance from a mentor, interns experience a variety of facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Throughout the 10-week program, interns and mentors develop and complete a project with a goal to cultivate their passion and explore library careers, according to Charles Sutton, the EVPL’s library experience manager.

The internship also allows Sutton and Brown to work together on a project of his, “A Year of Hip Hop,” which begins next year and aims to support musicians and artists in the community.

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