Amanda Lanyon-LeSage was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, yet she doesn’t have a New Jersey accent. From a young age, she consumed books with zeal. She considered several career paths, including ornithologist, ophthalmologist, actress, writer, and Egyptologist, before getting a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. She never really thought about the Midwest until an adorable Iowan caught her eye on the Internet. Now Amanda can’t imagine living anywhere else, and they’ve been dating for more than six years.
After receiving her diploma, Amanda felt somewhat lost. She considered going to graduate school for cultural anthropology, but although she loved her undergraduate work, she couldn’t picture herself as a professor. Amanda worked at a coffee shop for a year while she planned things out. One day, it hit her like a ton of awesome bricks: library school! Why had she never thought of this before?
Amanda is now finished with library school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She graduated with honors in May 2010 with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. Her focus is on young adult services, specifically teenagers. In her spare time (hah!), Amanda hangs out with her obese cats, watches several vampire-themed television shows, and of course, reads.
Some of Amanda’s favorite authors are:
and many more!
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