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Meet Our Teen Librarians!

Looking for more book suggestions, programs, or opportunities to get involved at the Library? Then meet your local branch's teen librarian. Check out the list below to see what they like to read and their superpower of choice, and then stop by your branch to say hi!

Anderson Branch
John Lortie email: john.lortie@cincinnatilibrary.org  
Favorite books: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Favorite authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, John Corey Whaley, Rainbow Rowell, and Brian Jacques 
Superpower: Spider-sense would be pretty cool to avoid accidents before they happen!

Avondale Branch
Ashley Barnhill email: ashley.barnhill@cincinnatilibrary.org  
Favorite book: The Giver by Lois Lowry – I read it every couple years and love it more each time.
Favorite authors: Curtis Sittenfeld, Jeannette Walls, Laurie Halse Anderson, Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary  
Superpower: To slow down time or create extra hours in the day

Blue Ash Branch
Christopher Smith email: christopher.smith@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite authors: Ursula K. Le Guin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Neal Shusterman 
Superpower: Wolverine’s mutant healing factor. It’s so awesome.

Bond Hill Branch
Carolyn McCune email: carolyn.mccune@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Favorite authors: Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robin Hobb
Superpwoer: Omnilingualism: the power to instantly speak and understand any language fluently…and shape-shifting would be cool too!

Cheviot Branch
Cara Williams email: cara.williams@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: the Georgia Nicholson series, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, and Skulduggery Pleasant
Favorite authors: E.D. Baker and Ally Carter
Superpower: Definitely be Teleportation. That way I could sleep in longer and still get where I need to go!

Clifton Branch
Elizabeth Weigand email: elizabeth.weigand@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Little Bee by Chris Cleave, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy   
Superpower: I would choose Time Travel as my superpower so I could go back in time and make the most of every experience in life!

College Hill Branch
Karla Moeller email: karla.moeller@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Favorite authors: Ruta Sepetys, Mary Balogh, and Marissa Meyer
Superpower: ability to disappear into books!

Corryville Branch
Ella Mullford email: ella.mulford@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett and Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
Superpower: If I could have a superpower, it would be to go back in time and slow down and appreciate those experiences that I didn’t appreciate enough the first time.  Also, to get my dog to come when I call.

Covedale Branch
Amy Perry email: amy.perry@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Favorite author: Sarah Dessen
Superpower: Total recall, so when a patron says “I don’t remember the title, but it’s got a blue cover, with green lettering”, I can find the book in a flash!

Deer Park Branch
Sarah Ryan email: sarah.ryan@cincinnatilibrary.org 
Favorite books: Grasshopper Jungle, The Diviners, Illuminae, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, The Raven Boys, Challenger Deep, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Preacher, The Long Halloween, Nimona 
Favorite authors: Andrew Smith, Libba Bray, Alan Moore, Amie Kaufman, Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater
Superpower: elemental manipulation control and rapid intergalactic-interdimensional travel

Delhi Township Branch
Jordan Socwell email: jordan.socwell@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe, The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson 
Favorite author: China Mieville, CJ Cherryh, Haruki Murakami
Superpower: Precognition so I could avoid making terrible decisions. And win the lottery.

Elmwood Place Branch
Leeann McNabb email: leeann.mcnabb@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Last Kingdom, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Naming of the Dead, and Ms. Marvel (v. 01)
Favorite authors: Ian Rankin and J. K. Rowling
Superpower: cat magnet. 

Forest Park Branch
Michelle Kanis email: michelle.kanis@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite authors: Right now I'm enjoying Cassandra Clare's books.  My all-time favorite author is Andre Norton-she knew how to write young adult books before the rest figured it out.
Superpower: If I had one super power it would be telekinesis-the ability to move objects with the mind-I would always be first in line!

Green Township Branch
Cheryl Selby email: cheryl.selby@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite authors:  Wow! There are so many...Lately I've been reading quite a few things from David Lubar & Cassandra Clare.
Superpower: To have superhuman strength like Wonder Woman!

Greenhills Branch
Jenny Weikert email: jennifer.weikert@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Superpower: I want stretchy arms to reach things without having to move.

Groesbeck Branch
Emily Burkot email: emily.burkot@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Wuthering Heights,  American Gods, Code Name: Verity
Favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Gail Simone, Kelly Sue Deconnickv
Superpower: I am secretly the Incredible Hulk.

Harrison Branch
Damian Kristof email: damian.kristof@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Enemy series by Charlie Higson, the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin; pretty much every dystopian/apocalyptic book out there.
Favorite authors: Rick Yancey, Neal Shusterman, George Orwell, Scott Westerfeld, Patrick Ness, etc. 
Superpower: The ability to control time and space. That way, not only could I time travel to points of historical interest and intrigue, (find out the truth about the grassy knoll) but I could also slow down or pause time to make the most of every day.

Hyde Park Branch
Scott Moore email: scott.moore@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: Hyperion by Dan Simmons 
Favorite author: David Brin
Superpower: Power: Postcognition.  The ability to look into the past the way a precog foretells the future.  Being overly curious, unsolvable mysteries of the past could finally be solved!

Loveland Branch
Amy Pyle email: amy.pyle@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Favorite author: Geraldine Brooks
Superpower: To make fictional characters become alive

Madeira Branch
Bess Sabransky email: bess.sabransky@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite boosk: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury  
Favorite authors: Gary D. Schmidt, Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater
Superpower: Invisibility! (Isn’t that what all closet introverts want?)

Madisonville Branch
Mari Randolph email: mari.randolph@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite author: I love author Maggie Stievater.
Favorite book: I can’t get enough of the Dystopian type books, lately I love Ashes by Ilsa Blick.
Superpower: If I could have a super power it would be teleportation. I could go to Japan on my lunch break to get supplies for the Anime Club.

Mariemont Branch
Cathy Plichta email: cathy.plichta@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I like it because it has quirky characters and makes me laugh out loud.
Favorite author: Stephenie Meyer of Twilight fame, and I really want her to get busy writing more books!
Superpower: The superpower I would wish for is Invisibility, which I would use when it's time to do the laundry at my house!

Miami Township Branch
Carrie Vale email: carrie.vale@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: It's very difficult to pick a favorite book. I love them all!
Favorite author: John Green  
Superpower: Time travel

Monfort Heights Branch
Lauren Smallwood email: lauren.smallwood@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Favorite authors: Jane Austen, Hans Fallada, Sharon Creech   
Superpower: The ability to instantly grow food whenever and wherever I need it

Mt. Healthy Branch
Prsicilla Bryant-Gaffney email: priscilla.bryant-gaffney@cincinnatilibrary.org
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Mt. Washington Branch
Krystine Salyers email: krystine.salyers@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite authors: Khaled Hosseini, Lemony Snicket, Shel Silverstein, Erik Larson
Superpower: I wish I could fly like Superman! Just fly anywhere, at any time!

North Central Branch
Krista Veerkamp email: krista.veercamp@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
Favorite authors: Lois Lowry, Sarah Dessen, and Roald Dahl
Superpower: The ability to talk to animals! My puppy Max is my best friend and I would love to know what he’s thinking.

Northside Branch
Sarah Schellenger email: sarah.schellenger@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: The Sookie Stackhouse series. 
Superpower:Invisibility so that I can have more time to read in peace.

Norwood Branch
Jen Lam email: jen.lam@cincinnatilibrary.org 
Favorite books: The Phantom Tollbooth and The Giver
Favorite authors: Madeleine L’Engle, Gary D. Schmidt, Gene Luen Yang 
Superpower: Knowledge of every language—I wouldn’t need to take a class or use a translation dictionary in order to converse with and get to know people who may not speak English.

Oakley Branch
Lesleigh Chumbley email: lesleigh.chumbley@cincinnatilibrary.org  
Favorite books: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter, Enchantment by Orson Scott Card, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and The Giver by Lois Lowry
Favorite authors: Patrick Carman, Kate Hattemer, and Ann Aquirre 
Superpower: Rogue from X-men so I would want her ability to absorb everyone else’s superpowers, then obtain her power of flight, super strength and near invulnerability!   

Pleasant Ridge Branch
Amanda Ulrich email: amanda.ulrich@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: I like romantic fiction with a little bit a sadness mixed in. Some favorites are Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn and Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
Favorite authors: Maureen Johnson, Lauren Oliver, and Susane Colasanti
Superpower: Ability to stop time and freeze everyone around me.

Price Hill Branch
Chris Oaks email: chris.oaks@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allen Poe, Tom Robbins
Superpower: The ability to rapidly heal, and to heal others.

Reading Branch
Maggi Jackson email: maggi.jackson@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite book:  Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy, Ender’s Game & Seventh Son by O. S. Card, Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Favorite author: Stephen King, Neal Shusterman, Robert Jordan, Barry Lyga
Superpower: The ability to read minds… you know, to keep people honest.

Sharonville Branch
Siobhan Lehotta email: siobhan.lehotta@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite Book: I would say The Odyssey by Homer because there’s a bit of something in it for everyone, but my favorite book is usually what I’m currently reading.
Favorite Author: It really depends on my mood!
Superpower of Choice: I’d have to go with either Time Travel or Teleportation.  If it’s possible, I’ll take both!

St. Bernard Branch
Mike Fair email: mike.fair@cincinnatilibrary.org 
Favorite books: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beadoin, & Will Not Atttend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation by Adam Resnick   
Favorite authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Neal Pollack, & Cormac McCarthy
Superpower: It would be pretty cool to communicate with animals! 

Symmes Township Branch
Melissa Schott email: melissa.schott@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite author: Sarah Dessen. I've read everything she has written, except for her newest which I am on the waiting list for.
Superpower: My superpower would be the ability to teleport myself to any location. Because I'm terrified to fly but I love to travel to new locations!

Jennifer Korn email: jennifer.korn@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Shift by Jennifer Bradbury, and Into the Wild by John Krakauer   
Favorite authors: Neil Gaiman, Matt de la Pena, Melina Marchetta
Superpower: I would love to be able to teleport so I could travel the world quickly, easily, and cheaply!

Megan Whitt email: megan.whitt@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, Jane Eyre by Charlote Brontë, and The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Favorite authors: Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Pollan, Neil Gaimen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margo Lanagan, Maggie Stiefvater, and Barbara Kingsolver
Superpower: I am a witch. It is known. 

Sarah Rust email: sarah.rust@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite authors: Sharon Creech, E.L. Konigsburg, and Jane Austen
Superpower: Teleportation. I’d love to be able to travel the world, see my favorite band, and sleep in my own bed, all in the same day!

Jami Thompson email: jami.thompson@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno, Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Favorite authors: Libba Bray, Joe Hill, Holly Black, Melinda Lo, David Levithan
Superpower: Some kind of restorative power to heal myself and others when hurt -  physically, mentally, and/or emotionally

Walnut Hills Branch
Allison Jacobs email: allison.jacobs@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter series, Anne of Green Gables series, Pride and Prejudice, The Diviners series, Skulduggery Pleasant series, and The Chronicles of Kazam series. 
Favorite authors: J.K. Rowling, Libba Bray, Derek Landy, Madeline L'Engle, Gary Schmidt, and Meg Cabot. 
Superpower: Invisibility, flying, super strength, and super kindness (yep, that's definitely more than one superpower!) 

West End Branch
Patty Peterson email: patty.peterson@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Harry Potter series, Little House on the Prairie series
Favorite authors: Michael Connelly, Henry Louis Gates Jr
Superpower: communicate with animals

Westwood Branch
Angie Lewis email: angie.lewis@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: Unwind by Neal Shusterman, Dragon of the Lost Sea by Lawrence Yep, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Favorite author:  Dave Barry, Brom, Adam Rex, and Mercedes Lackey
Superpower: Flight!

Wyoming Branch
Terry Barnum email: terry.barnum@cincinnatilibrary.org
Favorite books: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Battle Royale by Koshun Takami, and the Harry Potter series.
Favorite authors: J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, and Z.A. Recht
Superpower: The ability to breathe under water because I am a horrible swimmer.

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