I grew up in libraries. I remember being that five-year-old kid following my mom around at her job at the public library in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, or being at her side when she volunteered at my brother's school's library, where the librarians me let check out as many books as I wanted (even though I didn't go to school there yet). No matter where I've been, where I've gone, libraries have always been there for me, helping me cultivate my love for books. And here I am, working for Fairfax County Public Libraries, ready to help others find that perfect book that they'll hopefully love themselves!
My taste in books is a bit all over the place. I tend to lean towards realistic fiction and science fiction/fantasy (if there is something even referencing witches in the title, I will be there), but I do enjoy a good horror story as well. There is something fun about getting scared, being kept on the edge of your seat, like with Katherine Arden's Small Spaces or Neil Gaiman's Coraline, both of which I highly recommend. I am also a hardcore picture book lover, with the firm belief that the best picture books are the ones that appeal to both kids and grown ups alike, like Jon Klassen or Mac Barnett. I am also a huge proponent of positive LGBTQ+ representation in media, especially in children's and young adult media. It's been great seeing this representation becoming more and more commonplace, allowing people to see themselves in books and not feel so alone. Makes me wish I had more of these books available when I was growing up.
I started off as an art major at Virginia Commonwealth—switched over to English with a writing minor Sophomore year. I'm still drawing, mostly cartoons featuring talking walruses, witches, and whatever else pops into my head. I also enjoy writing a great deal, as well as puttering around in the kitchen and attempting to play video games.
I am a part-time Library Circulation Aide at Kings Park Library, and as of now I am typically available Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. My schedule may shift, so please allow a day or two for me to get back to you. And let's go find that next perfect read!
I'd like to help you find your perfect read, so please complete the Let's Get Started form, and I will be in touch!