Libraries are my favorite places. Wherever I go, I make it a point to stop by their public library. You can tell a lot about a town or a city by looking at their public library. Whether it’s an old Carnegie library or a slick modern library where the books have been moved the periphery, I’m interested. In October of 2016, I gave a TEDx talk about the future of libraries:
My day job is as the publicist for the Greene County Public Library. Every day I get to talk about how great our library is—what we have to offer, how the community benefits from the library, who our community partners are. I work with a group of knowledgable, friendly people. …And the thing is, my library is not wholly unique; we are fortunate to live in a society where libraries are plentiful.
My first book tour was largely based around libraries, where I spoke to book groups, writers’ clubs, and as a visiting author.
With the release of Ghosts of the Desert, I am did something a little different and visited several Little Free Libraries around Cleveland. You can read more about that venture here.
One of my current writing projects is a nonfiction book about the intersection of memories, culture, and the public library based off my doctoral dissertation. I have also written articles about the library for Voice of Youth Advocates, and Public Library Quarterly.