Growing up in the Fredericksburg area, I adored visiting the public library. The Salem Church Branch opened when I was in third grade. My mom picked my sister and me up from school. Watching the odometer, we cheered as we pulled into the parking lot. “Only 1.3 miles!”
It was an escape, a chance to learn more about what we were interested in or to discover something completely new. I was hooked, tearing through comic books, science fiction, and anything with a wicked streak of humor. Plus, there was a fantastic selection of movies and music. I dove right in and began working at Salem Church in high school.
While earning a B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington, I listened to much of my required reading while shelving books at the Fredericksburg Library. Audiobooks do count...but only if you’re paying attention! I earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and made it back just in time for our Howell Branch to open. I love books for every age level, whether it is a zany picture book, an angst-ridden young adult novel, or a great biography. If I like it, you’ll probably hear about it from me sooner or later.
Craig's recent lists:
These beastly tales feature monsters of all kinds, perfect for a Halloween storytime!
"Arrissa has read all the shark books in the children's section as well as a few from the teen section. She enjoys the books on extinct animals found alive such as the book on coelocanths....We are looking for books about smart kids or in general smart people and their lives. We have read about Paul Erdos, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie."