Meet me

I’m a librarian in an elementary school and I couldn’t be happier with the job I have…well, most days 🙂 Sometimes, I also teach in the library school at USC (Gamecocks, of course).

I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music. We have 2 dogs and 1 daughter.

I love to waste time on Facebook and Instagram for reasons even I don’t understand. I also enjoy cooking, yoga, and reading.

I don’t eat meat, so I do not cook it. I love vegetables and I like to eat clean and raw, but I do not always get to.

My favorite things to read are funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families.

7 Responses to Meet me

  1. Hi, Valerie!

    I would like to pick your brain about how to get district permission to create a school library Facebook page. Could you send me your email address? Thanks!!!

  2. Valerie Byrd says:

    Hello Valerie!

    As you may have noticed, my name is also Valerie Byrd! I happened to come across your blog while Googling my own name (hey, I was bored, why not, right?)…anyhow, ironically, I am vegan/vegetarian, have an interest in yoga (along with fitness & nutrition in general), and love to read. Just wanted to say congrats on becoming so successful in a career you have a passion for and loving life.

    Namaste, hon!


  3. Matt @ Team Building Blog says:

    Hi, Valerie!

    I just found your site, and I love the #nerdcott idea! Ambitious! I remember reading “Frog and Toad Are Friends” when I was in school—I still remember it (that, and “Stone Soup” and “Puss in Boots”). Good luck with the list!

    I run the blog at Team Building Activities for Kids Central . com, and I was thinking that I’d love to write a guest post for you—maybe about how teamwork affects class participation, or about team artwork projects, or something else (any requests?). I figure it might be a good fit for your readers.

    If that sounds like a good idea, please let me know (you can reach me at matt @ teambuildingactivitiesforkidscentral . com).

    And—one of your posts was, “What are you reading right now?”—answer: “Shantaram.” VERY good!


  4. Jocinda says:

    Good afternoon! I recently came across your blog while searching for story time inspiration. I am a long time 2nd grade teacher recently turned children’s librarian. Thanks for all of the fun ideas you’ve shared. Do you have playlists on Spotify that are available to the public? Just curious. Thanks!

  5. Thank you for your kind words, Jocinda! I think my Spotify playlists are public…I’ll double check 🙂

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