Katie McLain

Katie's parents never told her "no" when she asked for a book, which was the start of most of her problems. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Lake Forest College and is working towards a master's degree in library science at U of I. She works full time at a public library reference desk in northern IL, specializing in readers’ advisory and general book enthusiasm, and she has a deep-rooted love of all things disturbing, twisted, and terrifying. (She takes enormous pleasure in creeping out her coworkers.) When she's not spending every waking hour at the library, she's at home watching Cubs baseball with her cats and her cardigan collection, and when she's not at home, she's spending too much money on concert tickets. Her hobbies include debating the finer points of Harry Potter canon, hitting people upside the head who haven’t read The Martian, and convincing her boyfriend that she can, in fact, fit more books onto her shelves. Twitter: @kt_librarylady

Cool Bookish Places: The Stanley Hotel

A Rioter visits The Stanley Hotel, Stephen King's inspiration for THE SHINING

5 Reasons You Should Have a Library Card

It's National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Here are 5 quick reasons you should go get a library card.

Literary Tourism: Bookish History in New Orleans, LA

Katie takes us on a tour of the literary history of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Genre Kryptonite: More Killer Plants

Why one reader can't stop reading scary books about killer plants.

Why Public Libraries Should Support Black Lives Matter

Resources and reasons for librarians to support Black Lives Matter.

The Excellent Subtitles of Historical Nonfiction

Astonishing tales of murder, madness, and obsession! (Or so the subtitles say.)

6 Messed-Up Psychological Suspense Novels Written By Authors Who Aren’t Gillian Flynn

Creepy books about creepy people, none of which are written by Gillian Flynn (though we do love her).

Librarians Don’t Read All Day

A public librarian takes on the myth that she spends her day reading books.

Dispatches from Library Land: June 2016

Cool projects, innovative programs, awesome people, and important news happening right now in libraries.

6 Messed-Up Psychological Suspense Novels Written By Authors Who Aren’t Gillian Flynn

Creepy books about creepy people, none of which are written by Gillian Flynn (though we do love her).

Loving Horror When You Have an Anxiety Disorder

Why one reader can't get enough of the horror genre, despite her anxiety disorder.