My Librarian: Rachel Placchetti

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You know that one book. Maybe it was the first book you loved as a child, the one your parents read to you every night before bed. Maybe it was the one that found you at the exact right time, just when you needed it most. That one book that changed your life.

Among my many favorite things about being a librarian is having the daily opportunity to introduce people to their very own one book. I am thrilled every time I get to put a book in the hands of a reader and tell him, “I think you are really going to like this!”

I read widely and wildly, including fiction and nonfiction of all sorts, for all ages. I’m especially drawn to twisty, surprising stories that pack an emotional punch and to any book with something new to teach me about the world. Audiobooks with stellar narrators, graphic novels with gutsy heroines, and narrative nonfiction, from memoirs to natural history--these are the books that have my heart.

As a youth librarian, I spend a lot of time singing to babies, getting silly with preschoolers, and sharing amazing, diverse books with young readers and their families. I have a special passion for working with children and teens who are struggling with challenging issues and who may be reluctant to seek help.

I earned my BA in English from the University of Mary Washington and my MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. In between reading sessions, you’ll find me indulging in podcasts, running, and cooking delicious plant-based meals.

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Reviews & Blog Posts

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 1:53pm
Cover to Girl in the Blue Coat

In the wake of the Nazi invasion of Amsterdam, Hanneke Baker tries to attract as little attention as possible. She is one of the best black market smugglers in the city, able to charm shopkeepers and soldiers alike while keeping the true nature of her work a secret from her concerned parents.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 9:01am
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina book cover

It’s 1977, and New York City is in chaos.

After a freezing winter, the summer’s stifling heat has everyone on edge. Poverty is on the rise, and the city’s finances are in ruins. Arsonists set buildings on fire, seemingly at random, while a serial killer nicknamed Son of Sam shoots dark-haired young women and their companions on the street.

In Burn Baby Burn, Meg Medina brings these notorious events to life with the story of Nora Lopez, a 17-year-old high school senior living in Queens. Though she's living through a horrific period of New York history, Nora is just trying to make it through to graduation and escape her disastrous living situation.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 9:39am
Magonia book cover

Rumors of a civilization in the clouds have flowed for thousands of years. From classical mythology to medieval tales of women falling from the sky, the name Magonia was once whispered throughout the world. Now, though, the legend is nearly lost. The world has forgotten Magonia.

But Magonia has not forgotten the world.

Below the clouds, Aza Ray Boyle cannot breathe. She is drowning in air, suffering from a mysterious lung disease that makes it difficult to run, to speak, to live. So when Aza sees a ship floating in the sky, everyone thinks it’s a side effect of her many medications. The foreboding hallucination of a dying teen.

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