About Me

About Me

Hi there! I’m a librarian and book reviewer in the Portland metro area. I’m also a proud Simmons University grad—MSLIS & MA Children’s Lit (’15)—and cat & dog dad. Currently, I work as a children’s librarian at a suburban library. For 5 1/2 years prior, I worked for Eugene Public Library in various positions: branch librarian, youth services librarian, and interim youth services supervisor.

Though I love all aspects of librarianship, I’m especially passionate about school-age programming, reader’s advisory, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion), and social justice. I also have a soft spot for storytime. Ideally, this blog will touch on all these things but it’s also just a venue for me to chart my observations—and my path—in the world of young people’s literature.

Like what you read? Follow me on Twitter @TheStoriesGuy.

Why “The Stories Guy?”

While serving in AmeriCorps, I provided outreach storytimes and deposit collections to child care facilities in Southern Oregon. I had this terrible habit of always forgetting to introduce myself, so most kids started referring to me as “the story guy.” That domain name was taken so I adopted instead “the stories guy.” (Stories are better plural anyway.)

NOTE: This is a personal blog that I maintain on my own time, and does not reflect the opinions or views of my employer.