Women Who Rock: Esther Mead of The Itty Bitty Library

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Today’s Woman Who Rocks is a little off schedule. My sincere apologies, life can happen and we had a small cross with this post in related to getting images to share. I decided to steal a few that I love from our rocking woman’s Facebook page (and hope she does not mind).

So far, I’ve been sharing some literary ladies. However, I want to include women from all walks of life. If you believe you are a woman who rocks, or want to nominate a woman who rocks for a feature, please fill out this survey (and follow the instructions about sending me your images).

Today, we will be featuring Esther Mead of Indianapolis and her darling project, the itty bitty library. I first met Esther in my previous life as a regional makeup artist for Aveda. She was a killer hairstylist in one of the salons I was guesting at and of all the girls that were there that day, she is the only one I remember. Esther has a zest for life that fills up the room immediately. She has a natural joy, a contagious laugh, and is always styled to perfection. Calm down, my feminist friends, I’m not saying that a woman has to be styled to rock, but if you want to embrace fashion and frill, do what makes your little heart happy and keeps you kicking ass.

Let’s dive in and meet this little dynamo, Esther Mead of the itty bitty library in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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What led you to create your current business/project/organization/book/etc?

There are kids growing up with out books in the home. After 3rd grade, kids read to learn. If they aren’t great readers, learning will be hard for them.

What makes your endeavor different or unique?

We provide a place for kids to get books and keep them as long as they would like. The itty bitty libraries are located in places kids can walk or bike to like in front of schools, churches, and parks.

What has been your biggest challenge or obstacle that you have overcome to date?

We rely on donations! Getting books can be fairly easy, however, materials to build and the actual building of the small structures is the MOST challenging. We are looking into recycling old newspaper stands in the future.

Who do you look up to in terms of mentoring or successful aspirations?

I look up to Leslie Knope and my friend, mentor, and professor, Dr. Barbara Wylie.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in your field (or changing their path)?

If you have passion for something it will happen. Passion is fire! It spreads from one person to the next. If what you want to do is helping others, you will succeed! Just jump in with both feet and know you WILL get wet, but the splash is worth it!

What advice would you give to someone who isn’t seeing the results they want?

Think about it differently. Its always the ‘outside the box’ kind of thinking that can make things happen! Don’t give up!!

What makes your daily workflow or progress unique?

Hahaha! I am a fulltime student, I work about 35 hours a week at a school, I have three kids. Workflow? Ha! Its done everywhere I go. If I’m at Starbucks, I ask if I can put a donation box up. If I’m in the food store and see a kid I ask them what they like reading. No matter where I am, I will try to bring up the itty bitty library and the extreme importance of children’s literacy! I network A LOT! (Its a community effort!)

What is one ap or plugin that you absolutely cannot live without?

Facebook!!

You can bring five guests alive or dead to your dinner table. Who would they be and why?
  • Lewis Carroll- outside of the box thinking.
  • Roald Dahl- amazing ideas
  • My Grandma Vin- love of teaching
  • Coco Chanel- hardwork and ‘owning it’
  • Michelle Obama- passion for youth today

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Are you interested in supporting the itty bitty library or connecting with Esther? Here’s how you can do reach her:itty bitty library


Also published on Medium.

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