Rachel Stevenson is the programming librarian at Blasco Memorial Library in Erie County, where she acts as the FIN librarian and also works in the library’s makerspace which opened in October 2017. The Erie County Public Library was honored to be nominated as the FIN of the Month for November 2017 based on a four week grant writing workshop designed by Stevenson using Foundation Center programs and programs developed from patron feedback.
Her passion for nonprofits and helping them find grants stems from her time on the board of the Friends of Drake Well, Inc., the nonprofit that assists in fundraising for the Drake Well Museum in her hometown of Titusville, PA.
She received a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. And also holds a master’s degree of art in arts administration from Goucher College in 2014, where she teaches a grant research methods class.
Stevenson is an avid reader and acts as Lois Alter Mark’s bibliotherapist on her blog “Midlife at the Oasis” and has been featured in the Huffington Post. She lives in Erie, PA with thousands of books and her Siberian husky, Rory.