Meet a Member: Beth Frerking

Beth Frerking

As a high-school librarian, connecting young people with books and supporting literacy is my professional mission. As a teacher and then a librarian, I’ve been fortunate to work with students from the North Slope of Alaska to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Like travel, good books challenge, excite, and inspire curiosity. These days, I’m a librarian at Clarksville High School where I continue to find it rewarding to work with the next generation of readers. I also find it tremendously reassuring that there are lots of them.

I consider myself lucky to live in such a great city for readers. Until I lived in Nashville I would have thought to myself, that’s an odd statement–reading can be done anywhere.  That’s true, but it is certainly invigorating to be a part of a great reading community. About five or six years ago, I picked up a WNBA brochure in the public library, thought it sounded interesting, and attended my first meeting. Now each fall I love hearing about the authors coming to the Southern Festival of Books, and the Spring Picks Program is always a treat. Each April I come away armed with my summer reading list, ready to head into summer. It is fantastic to hear what so many smart, well-read women are reading. So many brains to pick!

Through WNBA, I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to be a reader for the Great Group Reads list. Each October, WNBA sponsors National Reading Group Month, which celebrates the joy of shared reading, and publishes the Great Group Reads list. The 2016 list can be found here: http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_selections.html. Keep your eyes open for the 2017 list. It will be out in time for this October’s celebration.

Being involved with WNBA has allowed me to help support literacy in my community. As WNBA’s mission states, we are about promoting reading and supporting literacy, and connecting the book community. I look forward to serving as president in 2018-19.

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