Author Bio

Mindy Babarskisis a Reference Librarian at the Library of Michigan, where she coordinates the Michigan Notable Books program and manages the Michigan Collection. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in English Literature from Wheaton College and a Master of Library and Information from Dominican University in Illinois. She’s worked in public, academic, and special libraries, including LCC Library!

Adam Oster is the Community Engagement Librarian for the Library of Michigan. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Political Science and Secondary Education Certification. He also has a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University. Adam’s interests include genealogy and local history research.

Dr. Leah van Belle serves as the Executive Director of 313Reads. A proud Detroiter and first-generation high school and college graduate, she serves as the Immediate Past President of MRA and on the state’s Early Literacy Task Force. Across all her work in education, sharing books with little humans and their teachers remains one of her greatest joys. Most importantly, she is the mama of a neurodiverse little human who is teaching her to build with LEGO. Family read aloud is the best part of their day.



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