A lifelong Berwynner, Marissa Elera has served her community as the Youth Services Librarian at the Berwyn Public Library for over 12 years. She takes great joy in dreaming up fun programs for the families of Berwyn and infuses whimsy and a commitment to diversity in all she offers. A proud product of the Berwyn public school system, she went on to earn a degree in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago before getting a Masters in Library and Information Science at Dominican University. She earned the prestigious Spectrum Scholarship in 2011, awarded by the American Library Association.
Marissa chairs the creative committee behind the Berwyn Public Library’s largest annual event: the Fairy Tale Ball, founding the long-standing family favorite in 2009. Her work on the Fairy Tale Ball and other youth programming earned her the 2018 Golden Ticket Award, recognized by the Illinois Library Association.
She speaks on diversity, equity, and inclusion in youth programming and services at library conferences throughout the state, learning and growing alongside other librarians who strive toward making the world better for children and families.
An aspiring children’s author, Marissa’s passions include creative writing, the art of the picture book, her Mexican and Puerto Rican cultures, Rupaul’s Drag Race, The Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, retro fashion, bright colors, and eclectic design. She lives and loves in Berwyn with her nerdy husband Jose and her mischievous dog Penny.