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Rachel Smalter Hall

Rachel Smalter Hall may be a professional Book Rioter, but she still hangs out in the public librarian clubhouse. Two of her top three loves include audiobooks and knitting, and her favorite song is Cold Hearted Snake as performed by Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese on season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She co-runs a boozy book club in Lawrence, Kansas, in her spare time. Twitter: @rach_smalls Website: Rachel Smalter Hall

Knit Your Own “WORD NERD” Drink Sleeve: Free Pattern

Free knitting pattern alert! Get complete instructions to knit your very own drink sleeve that says "Word Nerd."

8+ Bookish Snapchat Accounts You Should Be Following

Getting on Snapchat? Follow these bookish accounts!

Dispatches from Library Land!: April 2016

Book Riot's librarian staff and contributors have selected some of the most interesting topics affecting libraries for this monthly digest of library news.

Peek Over Our Shoulders: What Rioters Are Reading on March 31, 2016

A look at what the Riot contributors are reading right now.

Cool Bookish Places: World’s First “Explorastorium”

The world's first Explorastorium, called The Rabbit hOle, is opening in Kansas City, MO.

36 Recommendations for Audiobooks Read by Women

Audiobooks and works by talented women are two things that I will never, ever, EVER get enough of, and I have a ...

When Should You Break Up With Your Book Club?

My book club has been together for five years. We meet in the basement of a college-town bar, and the ...

Why We Need Diverse Libraries

Public librarians fight the good fight: we’re champions of literacy and intellectual freedom, we oppose book bannings, and we’re pro-education ...

40 Of The Best Audiobooks For Your Road Trip And Beyond

We at Book Riot *heart* audiobooks just as much as we heart adventure. Here are 40 of the best audiobooks ...

Let’s Stop Shaming Little Boys Who Read About Girls

I recently took my infant son to a gathering where he played happily on the floor, the center of attention ...

Fitness and Books Are Like Peas and Carrots

Can I get a holla from all my bookish fitness buffs? The stereotype may go that jocks and book nerds ...

Topeka Library’s Taylor Swift Parody: “Check It Out”

We love libraries, Taylor Swift, and Kansas. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to see all three come together in ...

What Happens to a Book After You Donate It to the Library?

So you’ve been doing some cleaning, and you have a stack of books to purge so you can make room for ...

Why I Need a Break From Books About Dead Girls

Maybe it was listening to the Serial podcast, or watching the most recent season of House of Cards. Or maybe ...

Kansas Teachers Open To Prosecution for Teaching Toni Morrison and Other “Harmful Material”?

On February 25, 2015, the Kansas Senate* passed a bill allowing teachers to be prosecuted for distributing materials deemed harmful to ...