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About meI'm the Patients' Librarian at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI. I'm also a single (and looking) 41-year-old fun person who loves choral music, reading, traveling, historical re-creation (SCA Laurel in Bardic Arts), languages, all kinds of crafts (knitting is the main one right now, but I also paint, embroider, and make costumes).

About my libraryIt's a lot like a small public library, but I don't have a board, state certification requirements, or, well, any money. (That last one is pretty recent.) We have esp. thorough collection concentrations in self-help and mental health, as you may imagine. Not open to the public; we are on WISCAT, and if you need something we have, ask your local public library (or academic, if you are a student) for it, and we'll lend.

At home, I have too many books to even THINK about cataloging them in any way, except to keep them in rough shelf-based categories like "Reference", "Books in French", "Jewish Stuff", "Humor", "Things I Haven't Read Yet But Might Someday Or Maybe I'll Donate Them to the Public Library Booksale", and "Historical Fiction Set in Spain and/or Portugal pre-1600 And Dealing With Persecution of Jews". (Yes, those are ALL actual categories in my book collection. That last one is threatening to spill onto a second shelf.)

GroupsBibliophiles of the Kingdom of Northshield, BookCrossers, Cheeseheads of Wisconsin (COW), En fran├žais, Food History, French Connection, Historical Fiction, History Fans, I Survived the Great Vowel Shift, Jewish Bibliophilesshow all groups

Favorite authorsDouglas Adams, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Coleman Barks, Berkeley Breathed, Roald Dahl, Ariana Franklin, Faye Kellerman, Madeleine L'Engle, Sharan Newman, J. K. Rowling, Geoff Ryman, Oliver Sacks, Dr. Seuss, William Shakespeare, Alexander McCall Smith, Neal Stephenson, Mark Twain, Barry Unsworth, Laura Ingalls Wilder (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresA Room of One's Own, Frugal Muse, Half Price Books - Whitney Way, Paul's Bookstore, Pearl Street Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Prairie Bookshop, Wisconsin Historical Society - Store

Favorite librariesFitchburg Public Library, Madison Public Library - Monroe Street Branch, Madison Public Library - Sequoya Branch, Marshfield Public Library, Mendota Mental Health Institute Patients' Library, Middleton Public Library, North Dakota State Library, Olbrich Botanical Gardens - Schumacher Library, University of Wisconsin - Madison - College Library, University of Wisconsin - Madison - Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin - Madison - Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Superior - Jim Dan Hill Library, Verona Public Library

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Real nameJennifer

LocationMadison, WI

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