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I'm so pleased to welcome Amanda Coppedge Bosky to the blog today. Amanda is another Blue Boarder and Twitter pal (@amandacoppedge), who is also a librarian. And I love this sweet photo! Here's Amanda to tell us about her librarian life!
So you’re a librarian, how’d that happen?
My name is Amanda Coppedge Bosky (I write under Amanda Coppedge, I "librarian" under Amanda Bosky). My mom instilled a love of reading and the library at a young age. I was that kid who went once a week and staggered home under the weight of a ton of books. When I was in high school I had a few student jobs at the library and realized that was where I belonged! I got hired as a full-time associate in the Children's Department literally the day after I got my B.A. in English (I am an English major success story!) and went on to get my Masters in Library Science to become a librarian.
Tell us about your library.
For the first 13 years of my career I worked in Palm Beach County, Florida. I moved to Madison, Wisconsin recently and have been working in a smaller town nearby for the past five months. I adore my new library. The original part of the building was a Carnegie Library built in 1904. It still has all the original wood shelving and smells like the quintessence of library. The children's department has a fish tank full of very friendly, curious fish--I love looking at them every time I walk by.
What was the most recent book request?
Middle-grade mystery. I recommended the Red Blazer Girls series by Michael Beil and the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley.
What was your most recent book suggestion to a patron?
SUGAR by Jewell Parker Rhodes. ("In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.") I love the cover! We got this one in early June and it's already gone out four times.
What was your most recent book suggestion to a friend?
I recommended THE RUINING by Anna Collomore to a co-worker who loves thrillers. She told me this was her first YA and she is eager to read more. I suggested April Henry for her next foray. (Obligatory booktalk for THE RUINING: Over-the-top psychological suspense about a nanny in peril, highly recommended for fans of April Lindner's retelling of JANE EYRE.)
If you could sit down to your favorite beverage with any current kidlit author, who would it be? And why?
What book do you wish you had in your library (professional or personal or both) but don’t? (this can be something written or something you’ve never seen)
This post about the lack of African-American male main characters in middle grade fiction really got under my skin:http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2013/05/10/2013-middle-grade-black-boys-seriously-people/ (One of my favorite reads of recent years is Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri - MG with a black male protagonist)
What about you would make us say, “REALLY! But you’re a librarian!” ?
Until a few years ago, I considered myself someone who did not like historical fiction. I loved books such as ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY or THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND but I hadn't read much new historical fiction in years. DEADLY by Julie Chibbaro jump-started a new passion for historical and now I actively seek it out.
Five favorite books of the past five years.
2009: MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork (such a brilliant book)
2010: STARCROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce
2011: HABIBI by Craig Thompson
2012: PLANESRUNNER by Ian McDonald
2013 so far: RAPTURE PRACTICE by Aaron Hartzler
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda!