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CollectionsYour library (559), Intermediate List (48), Teen Book Club (35), Young Adult (91), Currently reading (3), JFIC (23), After School Book Club (12), Storytelling (11), All collections (560)

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Tags2010 (103), YFIC (79), 2011 (77), 2009 (67), 2008 (63), 2007 (58), JFIC (26), fantasy (20), picture books (13), storytelling (13) — see all tags

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About meI'm a Children's Librarian...which I guess is a good place to start. The start was really early on when there was a dream of dance and a serious illness that put me on a different track. People interest me, so I studied psychology only to find that literature was my true passion.

The love a book had me working at Powell's Books in Portland Oregon for 7 years. Surrounded by millions of books and thousands of readers, I thought I'd found heaven. But there was no challenge...and it lacked the thrill I crave.

Library School: I never studied anything more bland in my life. Managing information, organizing information, information resources, meta data, cataloging...gads! Herein lies the lesson in life: the things you want are worth the effort...and very exciting! I love being a librarian!

I still read like a madwoman, but now I get to do *oh* so much more. My experience as a bookseller and my never ending quest to develop the perfect young adult/children's collection have led to strange reading habits. My favorites are foreign authors writing about foreign countries. Different cultures and the ways people interact fascinate me.

Other than that I have a fantastic little Boston Terrier named Rhubarb, make a mean pot of soup, tear up around road kill, write bad poetry, paint mediocre paintings and recite "please don't run in the library" like a mantra that will bring peace to mankind.

About my libraryThese are they. These are the books I read for fun and include an insane amount of post colonial literature. Lurking about is the necessary brain candy of murder, mystery, and romance...forever running quickly through the margins are the picture books that I own for surprise storytimes. A few of the books are unread and the result of book buying madness and the inability to read quickly enough and there are many young adult novels that I'm swiftly falling in love with. The young adult novels sometimes have the best stories.

Groups50 Book Challenge, Book Addicts!, Can't Get Enough of YA, Librarians who LibraryThing, Livejournalers, Read YA Lit

Favorite authorsSherman Alexie, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Naomi Shihab Nye, Scott Westerfeld, Jeanette Winterson (Shared favorites)

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Real nameHeather


Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJan 11, 2007

Currently readingEric Carle's Treasury of Classic Stories for Children by Aesop
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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P.S. I forgot to ask - since you are a huge fan of children's literature, I was wondering if you have ever read two of my favorites: "The Phantom Tollbooth" (this book got me started on how wonderful the English language can be because of the wordplay) and "The Trolley Car Family"(this book made me want to live in a trolley and make cherry pies).
Ok, I just got done reading "Annie's Ghosts" and when I finally turned the last page, I realized that the photo on the cover was never explained. Either that, or I completely missed something somewhere. I wonder if the author did finally find a picture of Annie..... Help!
Noticed you liked The Bluest Eye, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take
nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind
that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you
is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the
good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off
the word or action for the expression of gratitude.

- Albert Schweitzer
I thought your library was the bomb. Thanks for adding me to yours. I really like when people take the time to rate the books, it lets me know what to read and what to skip.
Thanks Again
Just curious...
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