Martha McGehee

Tell us a little about yourself

I am a children’s librarian in High Point, NC and a former elementary school teacher. I graduated from Guilford College in 2013 and I am currently completing my Masters of Library and Information Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I live with my husband and two cats in Greensboro where I enjoy painting and gardening.

What is your favorite book and what makes it your favorite?

So many favorites! If I had to choose just one I would say Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy. I picked this one as my favorite because it is the book that began my interest in Medieval and Renaissance history which is a favorite hobby of mine. I was so engrosed and eager to learn more when I read this book and it kicked off what I hope will be a lifelong passion and area of personal study.

What impact have books had on your life?

I think of myself as a lifelong learner. I love that books allow me to study and learn and set knowledge goals for myself. I also love that books are an engrosing experience. I’m happiest when I’m in the middle of a book that I do not want to put down and want to go back to every time I have a free moment.

Describe your relationship with libraries and why you think libraries are important.

I have always loved libraries and visiting libraries. As a Children’s librarian of four years and a Master of Library and Information Science candidate, libraries are a central part of my day to day life. I truely believe in their importance and I love the community service space that they provide and what they have to offer.