Taylor Moxey, aka “Taylor the Chef,” is already somewhat of a phenom in her hometown of Miami, FL. The 11-year-old is not only a pastry chef who has shown off her skills for some of the top celebrities including Chrissy Teigen, TV chef Bobby Flay, and Chris Bosh, the talented preteen is also a budding librarian on a mission to encourage children to read.
Inspired by her father who is has dyslexia, Moxey started a nonprofit organization, Taylor Moxey Foundation, and created a mini-library from a former shipping container at Omni Park, which is near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.
“I get to help kids who might not have access to libraries,” Taylor commented in an interview with The Sun Sentinel. “I just love helping people.”
Visitors to Moxey’s library will find the bright orange container is extremely kid friendly and inviting. Doors are covered in chalk paint, allowing children the freedom of self-expression, while the shelves are lined with books that range from Dr. Seuss to Plato’s The Republic. There’s also a self-published book by Taylor herself entitled, The Adventures of Taylor the Chef.
In actuality, the Taylor Moxey Library isn’t the first venture of sort for this talented preteen. The first venture that she undertook was a small library built in 2015 from a small lawn trailer in Andros, Bahamas when she spent a summer there with her parents and asked why the children didn’t have a library.
For her philanthropic spirit, Moxey has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama.
In her free time, when she is not baking, Moxey is studying, dancing, or of course, reading. But she definitely makes it a point to visit her library twice a week to restock the shelves and clean.