My Librarian: Rachel P.

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.

Ask Me What to Read | See What I'm Reading | Check Out All the My Librarians