Jen Gage

Jen Gage is a native of Rockland County, NY. She loves taking joy in small things, like a beautiful flower, a sunset, a bad/punny joke, or a good cup of coffee.


Educational Background

Jen was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade. After getting her GED because of NYS law, she attended Rockland Community College where she received an associate's degree in liberal arts. After, she transferred to SUNY Oswego and obtained a bachelor’s in childhood education, English.

Work Background

A majority of her work experience is in the non-profit and education fields. For a short time, she worked as a substitute teacher with the New York City Board of Education in the South Bronx. As a museum assistant at the now closed New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus, NJ, she honed her toddler communication skills, and how to make anything out of construction paper. During her time as a children and youth worker with a religious non-profit, she created and ran programs for ages 2-18, wrote curriculum, assisted with a summer camp, mentored teens both individually and in small groups, and conducted fundraising and donor relations.

Current Goals

Currently in the process of attaining her MLS from Queens College with the goal of becoming a children’s librarian. She is in the middle of taking her first class in the program, The Technology of Information LBSCI 700 in which she gave a presentation with Annette Mims on Errors, Failures, and Risks.

Favorite Books

While she enjoys a wide variety of genres of books, some of her favorite read-aloud picture book authors include: Maurice Sendak, Robert Munsch, and Jon Klassen. She does not like Dr. Seuss.


  • Local history
  • Science fiction/fantasy
  • Broadway musicals
  • Popular culture
  • NPR Podcasts
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