Meet Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals Board Member Rikesha Foster

The Young Professionals of the Birmingham Public Library celebrate the rich history and prosperous future of Birmingham's oldest cultural institution. The Young Professionals support the Library financially and culturally and promote its remarkable treasures. By hosting dynamic lectures, special collection tours, and other social events and by volunteering time and skills, the Young Professionals increase public awareness of and access to the Library's resources.

BPLYP Rikesha Foster

What is your full name, age, and occupation? Rikesha Suelena Foster, 34, Special Education Teacher with the Birmingham City School District.

What is your favorite place to eat in Birmingham? Slice Stone Pizza and Brew in Lakeview.

Why did you get involved with the BPLYP? I've been an avid supporter of the library for years. I've served as a volunteer, monthly donor, and as a participant in various library programs. So when the opportunity arose to join the BPLYP board, I felt that was a perfect opportunity to continue my efforts to support the mission of our library.

Which is your favorite (or most frequented) library branch? Avondale.

Name some of your favorite books as a child or teenager. Wow...what a hard question to answer! I have always loved reading, but will try to narrow my selections: Charlotte's Web, Sweet Valley Twins series, The Little Princess, and Les Miserables.

What genres do you read the most as an adult? Christian Fiction.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Local Christian Fiction author Vanessa Davis Griggs and Stacy Hawkins Adams.

What is your wish for the city of Birmingham? My wish for Birmingham is that everyone, from school leaders, community members, business owners, everyone, work together communicating ideas to make the city a better place for future generations.

Do you have a special talent? If so, what is it? I work with special needs students and wouldn't trade it for the world!

What is your favorite quote or inspirational saying? Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in The Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.