About Me

new profile picMy name is Dawn and I am from the far northern suburbs of Chicago.  I have a B.A. in English (What am I supposed to do with that degree?) and a MS in Recreation Administration.  If you ever seen the show Parks and Rec, that’s the job I would be doing if I actually worked in the field that I went to college for.

I am currently the Teen “Librarian” at the Zion-Benton Public Library and have been for four years.  I purchase books and do programming for 5th – 12th graders.  I’m a reviewer for SLJ (School Library Journal) and I’m a blogger for The Hub, YALSA’s blog (Young Adult Library Services Association). I also have a blog for teen librarians called the Teen Services Depot. I co-host a podcast called The Small Print Podcast on Youtube with my coworker Elise at, Roulette Reader where we review YA books.  We have a new podcast about YA collection Development called Novel Universe-simply click the link in the menu above.

I LOVE HARRY POTTER, specifically Ron Weasley.  I also love Sherlock, specifically Benedict Cumberbatch.  I also love Game of Thrones, specifically Peytr Baelish (tears), and I like Doctor Who specifically #10-Tennant!

I’ve met MANY authors but there are some that I haven’t met and are therefore on my bucket list.

Author Bucket List

Leigh Bardugo 2x 

JK Rowling

Ryan Graudin

Kiera Cass                

 Andrew Smith                    

 Adam Silvera 3X

Robin LaFevers         

Maggie Stiefvater 2x           

VE Schwab

Marie Rutkoski           

 Judy Blume                          

Sarah Fine         

Ann M. Martin                       

Rainbow Rowell (almost. didn’t want to go by myself)

Mary E. Pearson       

Cassandra Clare                   

E. Lockhart

Jennifer Neilsen

Sabaa Tahir 3x

Barry Lyga

Sarah J. Maas   

Paula Hawkins

John Green (almost. Got snowed out) **Update-I saw Hank and John during their Turtles tour and considering John doesn’t really signings, I’m gonna count this as met him-YAY!

Marie Lu 3x               

Marissa Meyers                     

Jandy Nelson

Laura Ruby

Morgan Rhodes

Ruta Sepetys

Brittany Cavallaro

Kali Wallace

Julie Berry

Tim Federle

Jeff Zentner

April Genevieve Tucholke

Amy Lukavics

Frances Hardinge

Nicola Yoon

Shaun David Hutchinson

Vic James

Elise Kova

EK Johnston

Jay Kristof

Sarah Dooley

Traci Chee




4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi! Your ALA post helped for my first ALA trip but inow that next year BEA will be in Chicago…you have any pointers? I’m a bit confused on what BEA is vs. bookcon. Are they 2 separate events? I’m just confused as you can see! I heard bookcon tickets are going on sale this week so I was just hoping for some insight. Thanks. Love your honest reviews!

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