Monday, December 11, 2017
Books

What's Tracey Reed reading?

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Tracey Reed

Because Oct. 17 marked the grand opening of a new Countryside location for the Clearwater Library system, we caught up with Reed, a Clearwater librarian for 15 years. For the last four years, she has served as the Countryside Library branch manager at its spot on State Road 580. She is thrilled to be in the larger building next to the Countryside Recreation Center on Sabal Springs Drive.

"Actually, we are seeing a boom around the country in construction of new libraries,'' said Reed, 44, who holds a master's degree in library science from the University of South Florida. "For us, the old location was a good one, but we needed more for computers, more dedicated youth and teen space and study rooms.''

For the opening, about 1,300 members of the community came through the library's new front door, she said.

What's on your nightstand?

I just finished Judy Blume's In the Unlikely Event.

I assume you were a fan of Blume's when you were growing up?

I was and I am.

What part of her style continued to shine in this adult novel?

Judy Blume has a way of capturing characters, whether they are children or adults or adolescents. She captures both the character and the essence of a person. I remember as a kid I couldn't describe it then, but I remember her stories resonated with me. Margaret in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret resonated with me and Superfudge resonated with me. There was something in each book where I'd say, "I get that,'' or "That's me.'' Even though In the Unlikely Event was set before I grew up, I still can say, "Oh my gosh, I relate to that girl at 15 years old and the angst she has over first love.'' I also love the fact that (Blume) lives in Key West.

The other book I'm reading is Galileo's Middle Finger by Alice Dreger. It isn't what I thought it would be about, but it's a fascinating look on how scientists whom we thought would be above reproach aren't.

Although Galileo, of course, is worthy of respect?

Oh absolutely.

Contact Piper Castillo at [email protected] Follow @Florida_PBJC.

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