My name is Laurie P and I work in Information Services at the Main Library and Harper Branch as well as occasionally at the McCormick Branch. Reading has always been a part of my life. I grew up loving The Secret Garden, Nancy Drew and the antics of the Wakefield Twins in Sweet Valley. During my late teens and twenties my reading time focused more on textbooks than fiction but my love of reading fiction was re-established by a certain young wizard when my kids were young. I began taking my kids to WPL at a very early age and that has instilled a love of reading – in varying degrees – in them. For me, reading is something that I want to do on a daily basis. It’s my ‘me time’ – a way to relax, learn something, be entertained and is a portable pastime that I can take with me wherever I go.
I often read more than one book at a time and enjoy reading various genres – historical fiction, action/adventure, mystery, suspense, contemporary fiction, teen, supernatural as well as some children’s fiction and non-fiction too. Personally, I’ll take reading in any form. I enjoy listening to the occasional e-audiobook but I’m quite an avid reader of e-books and also love the feel and look of a paper book too.
I love sharing great reads with friends, family and library customers. There’s nothing like the bond between book lovers and sharing a mutual love of a favourite author or book. I’ve been a book blogger for the past seven years which enables me to read soon to be released books from publishers as well as receive books directly from authors. Reading is a huge part of my life and I look forward to sharing some of that excitement here on the WPL blog.
— Laurie P.