Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada is a Children’s Librarian at Glendale Public Library. She graduated with her MLIS from UCLA in 2009 and worked her way up from library page to librarian in numerous library systems, including: County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Public Library, Redondo Beach Public Library, and Palos Verdes Library District. As an active member of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Lessa sits on the Executive Board as Secretary and is committee chair for Family Literacy Focus which spearheads the program Talk Story: Sharing culture, sharing stories. She was also a 2011 ALA Emerging Leader and was just elected an ALA Councilor-at-Large. In her free time, she dances hula for Kaulana Ka Hale Kula ‘O Na Pua ‘O Ka ‘Aina in Torrance and recently published the book, Hawaiians in Los Angeles from Arcadia Publishing.
She lives in San Pedro, California with her writer-professor-knows lots of random facts-husband, Christian, and their quartet of rescued animals, Pele (Cat), Honu (Cat), Bosco (Dog), and Maka (Dog).