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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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 8:46am
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Will’s brother Shawn is dead. After watching him get gunned down on the streets, now Will has to do what’s expected. He has to follow The Rules.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 9:38am
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess book cover

In Victorian England, bloodthirsty demons called the Ancients terrorize humanity and threaten to destroy the country. Only one hope remains: the prophesied one, a sorcerer who will the defeat the Ancients with fire.

Henrietta Howel has kept her magical abilities hidden for her entire life. Women with powers are considered untrustworthy and dangerous, possibly even on the side of the Ancients, and so Henrietta lives in fear of accidently revealing her gift of fire to anyone other than her closest friend, Rook.

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.