Wecome to the book side of Instagram - where readers, writers, and librarians come together to celebrate books and encourage reading. Marialuisa Monda (@iamthelibrarydragon) and other Library staff chat with four major Bookstagrammers about their reading passions, libraries, bookstores, social media, and more. Bring your questions!
Ellie Blackwood (@looseleafellie) is a British-American book blogger/bookstagrammer based in Austin, Texas. Her favorite genres are young adult, science fiction, and fantasy - but whatever she's reading, she is always fueled by copious amounts of tea. She can be found at her Instagram page and at her blog, www.ellieblackwood.com.
Little Free Diverse Libraries (@littlefreediverselibraries) aims to bring black stories from Black writers and Black-owned bookstores to young people today. Fueled by the current tide of civil justice, LFDL is set on normalizing Black stories and bringing Black narratives to the forefront, especially for Black youth, who so often cannot find role models in today’s media. LFDL was created by Sarah Kamya, a Boston native, when she witnessed a Little Free Library in her own neighborhood and wished she had a similar resource in her youth. Kamya works at P.S 191, a K-8 Title 1 Public School, as a school counselor. It is here she witnesses firsthand how hard it is for young Black people to find their own experiences reflected in popular media, especially literature. It is Kamya's mission to continue to amplify and empower Black voices, one book at a time.
The Library Bae (or Ashley P.) (@thelibrarybae) is a librarian and bookstagrammer from Georgia, living in Virginia. She's worked in libraries for 8 years. She received her MLIS from Valdosta State University in 2018 and has been working as a Youth Librarian for two years. Her speciality is youth literacy and tween and teen library engagement. She is a Ravenclaw and a self proclaimed blerd, and she loves reading YA and new adult literature, binging sci-fi shows and horror movies, and eating great food in her free time. Visit the Library Bae website.
Riley Rennhack (@bookclubisdead) is a born-and-raised Texan. She is a believer in believing, an evangelical for the importance of reading, and a huge fan of the public radio. Once upon a time (for the better part of the past decade), she was a bookseller in Brooklyn. She currently resides in the country with her old dog and a mule that loves peppermints. Visit the Book Club Is Dead website.