Ms. Genna Sarnak

Library Media Specialist

Genna Sarnak is passionate about literacy, sharing her love of reading, and empowering adolescents. As a Library Media Specialist, Genna has worked with New York City’s youth in a variety of roles. Genna started her librarian career as a student teacher at Bard High School Early College Manhattan and P.S. 199 Jessie Isador Straus. From there, she went on to work with middle and high school students at Berkeley Carroll in Park Slope, where she collaborated with colleagues to run a Mock Newbery Club. In 2015, Genna began working as a Young Adult Librarian at the New York Public Library, where she created teen coding programs, taught research classes at local schools, and developed unique programs that helped to foster strong bonds between the library and the community. Genna received her B.A. in English with a Specialization in Creative Writing from Clark University in Worcester, MA. In her time there, she studied abroad in Norwich at the University of East Anglia. She received her M.A. in Library and Information Science with a Library Media Speclicilast degree from Pratt Institute. Genna is ecstatic to join the School in the Square, where educators and students are dedicated to creating a positive school culture that encourages student independence, ownership, and individuality. Genna is particularly excited to co-create the library with students and colleagues and to share her enthusiasm for books, research, and independent reading.