Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover


May 2012

My Life is Books

Libraries have been a focal point throughout my life.  Some of my fondest childhood memories are centered around the DeKalb Public Library in DeKalb, Illinois.  This wonderful library became my model for what a great library should be – how one should look, smell, feel, and how a person should feel when they are there.

My dad would take me, every other Saturday, until I was in high school.  I would return the armful of books I’d checked out two weeks prior, he would disappear into the magazine room, and I would spend as much time as I needed to find another armful of books to take home. 

I have a very patient father.

I had a system: I would walk every line of stacks in the children’s room, looking down the spines of just about every book, pulling some off to look at, and passing others by.  In alphabetical order, of course!  Sometimes I’d check out old favorites and sometimes I’d check out all brand new titles.  It just depended on my mood.

My parents never discouraged me from reading anything.  They left that up to me, and for that I will always be grateful.  I think any child who is left alone to explore their own reading tastes learns to judge for themselves, and they find what they like and don’t like.  And become better readers for it.

As I grew older, I had less time to visit the library, but I still would go.  And as I got older and ventured into the Adult book area, my mother would join me and we would browse together.  She introduced me to wonderful books like Rebecca, Lorna Doone, A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre.  Agatha Christie was a favorite, too. 

I went off to college, got married, had different jobs, and gave birth to my daughter.  Then, one day, a part-time job opened up at the small library in my newly adopted town.

And the rest is history.


Hello world!

Hello from Iowa!

I am a librarian at the North Liberty Community Library in North Liberty, Iowa.  We’re about 5 miles north of Iowa City and we’re part of the greater Iowa City community.  Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest places to live and work!  I love living here and I love being a librarian.

My main reason for starting this blog is to get more comfortable with WorldPress before I migrate our existing library website over to  What better way to get used to a new system than to dive right in?  Better still – setting up a personal site and playing around with it before taking the plunge and getting my hands on our library site.

That’ll teach me to say, “Yea sure, I’d LOVE to take on the library’s website!”  (What was I thinking?)

So, while this personal site wil be a learning tool for me, I’m also going to have fun with it.  Check back often and see what I’m up to!


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