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Amanda Young

Programs, Resources, and Services Division

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Meet Amanda

Favorite Book/Author

I enjoy Pam Muñoz Ryan's books, especially Becoming Naomi León and Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery.

Special Interests

I love children’s books, especially Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction (for example, books by Joan Bauer), and nonfiction.

I am from Decatur, and love living here with so many opportunities for fun activities! I am a graduate of Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and I have a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My grandma taught me to knit when I was 8, and working on knitting projects is something that I enjoy. I also love to travel, and just got back from a mining and history class through Western State Colorado University. Earlier in 2018, I visited Oregon—Powell’s City of Books in Portland was a treat to visit! I especially enjoy visiting the mountains, and I also love exploring beaches too, looking for sea beans. Vegetable gardening in the summer is something that I enjoy, but I also like to grow tropical plants too, such as banana plants—one year, I even got to eat bananas from my own plant! :)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness...

Mark Twain