Hello, dear readers! I’m Miranda Ericsson, your readers librarian. I LOVE books and I love my job. I host visiting authors, lead book discussions, co-host the HUSH podcast, write for the library’s books blog, help readers find their next great books, and plan ways to engage readers. What could be better? Read on to learn a little more about me. When you see me at the library, please say hello. I’d love to hear about your favorite books, what authors you’d like to meet, and your ideas for fun programs for readers at the library.
I moved to Topeka when I was 12, and attended Eisenhower Middle School and Highland Park High School. Then I earned my English degree with an emphasis in creative writing at Washburn University. I earned my Master of Library and Information Science degree from Emporia State University. Before working at the library, I worked as a waitress, a cashier at Walmart, a tutor, and as support staff for people with disabilities. I started at the library in 2011 as a shelving assistant. Then I worked as a circulation associate and a public service specialist before moving into the role of readers librarian. If you want to work at the library, I really recommend starting as a shelving assistant. You learn where everything is and you get to touch so many books. (Warning, you’ll take a lot of them home with you!)
Working with Readers
Some people have asked if my job is reading all day. I wish! I get some pages in on my breaks, but there is a lot to do and I keep busy. You’ll often find me in the new books area or in the stacks making sure library guests get the help they need. My work is all about engaging readers in my community, however I can. I love organizing events where readers can meet authors and connect with other readers. I also work with a team to host programs that help writers build their skills so they can become authors. Leading book discussions is one of my favorite things to do. We’re planning other ways to give more readers a chance to join the conversation.
I do read a lot. It’s always been one of my favorite ways to spend my time. Watch for my lists on our catalog under TSCPL_Miranda or follow me on Goodreads.
I take time to read wherever I can get it! When I’m in line or waiting at the doctor, I always have a book. I listen to audiobooks in the car or when I’m doing work around the house. My daughter and I read books at bedtime or I read to her while she’s playing. She has great taste so I get to enjoy some really good books and then discuss them with her. When I settle in to read at home I make my reading time special. I light a candle, make a cup of tea, settle into my comfy chair and tell everyone in the house that I’m having some me time. My family knows to only interrupt my reading if there’s a fire. It doesn’t always work, but I keep trying. I also put a book aside if I’m not getting into it so I don’t lose my momentum. Take it from a librarian – it’s okay not to finish a book!
People often ask me if I read print or ebooks. I really prefer to read print when I can, but ebooks are so convenient. I always have several audiobooks downloaded on my phone, so when I finish one I can jump right into the next.
Favorite Books and Authors
I read a wide range, but my favorite genres are speculative sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, literary fiction, graphic novels, short stories and poetry. I also love biographies of literary lives and some of my favorite reads fall into the fantasy genre. Historical fiction is great, too. Wow…I really didn’t narrow that down much, did I? Some of my favorite authors and poets are Margaret Atwood, Kij Johnson, Emily St. John Mandel, Charlie Jane Anders, Ursula LeGuin, Phillip K. Dick, Barbara Kingsolver, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Tracy Chevalier, Sylvia Plath, Mary Oliver, Judy Blume, Nicola Yoon and William Stafford. A few of my all-time favorite books are Station Eleven, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Wuthering Heights, Ariel, Kindred, The Dark is Rising, A Wrinkle in Time, Summer Sisters, The Chaperone, Remarkable Creatures and The Handmaid’s Tale. I put together a bookshelf of *a few* books that I love below! 😀