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Shannon Will
High School & District Librarian

Gabriela Torres
Library Assistant II
Gabriela Torres is a native of Monterey Park, CA. Directly after graduating high school, she went on to get her BA in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (a banana slug for life!), which is where she first became involved in libraries, working as a library page at the university’s library. However, it wasn’t until she was working as a substitute teacher, and was chosen to work as a long-term substitute library aide at two Alhambra area high schools that she realized that she wanted to be a librarian. After receiving her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from University of California, Los Angeles, she went on to work in various capacities, first as a bibliographic librarian at a community college, and then going on to provide programming and assistance as a children’s, teen’s, adult librarian and eventually manager at three different branches of a large Los Angeles area public library system. One of her favorite books is American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. In her spare time, she enjoys reading (of course!), helping her mom throw a monthly Cuban dance party, and going to the zoo to feed the giraffes with her daughter and husband (who is also a librarian). She considers it a privilege to be working at the Arcadia High School Library, serving students and staff alike.