Library Goddess

Libraries. Books. Reading.

June 2017

Check out highlights of what I've shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and my Library Goddess Blog this month!

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TWITTER - @librarygoddess

INSTAGRAM - @librarygoddessblog

AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2017

New edition of the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning was released this month. This is a great resources for finding new apps and websites to use with students. NOW is an excellent time to explore and find one or two to use in the new school year!


I have long been a fan of the book, Wonder by RJ Palacio. The movie based on the book is coming out in November, so there is a lot of fun promotional stuff happening. This month, I shared information about an online book club and a writing contest! Check it out!

Book Club -

Writing Contest -


Harry Potter Bookclub!

This month marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter. I will never forget (and will always regret) that I was working at WaldenBooks and picked up the FIRST EDITION to read because it seemed interesting...I loved it, but then I put it back on the shelf (a perk of working at the store was that we could "borrow" books. There was a procedure for checking them to make sure you didn't get food on them or anything). Not going to lie. I really wish I still had that first edition! Anyway, to celebrate this anniversary, you can reread the first book in the series and participate in the Wizarding World Book Club! Cool!


Details for this year's YALLFEST were announced this month! Looks like an AWESOME line up!

Columbia SC Moms Blog Posts

I am one of the contributors to the Columbia SC Moms Blog. Here are my posts from this month:

  • Summer Reading Programs Around Columbia

  • Reading with your child 3 and under

About Valerie Byrd Fort - Library Goddess

I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to take a break and stay home with my daughter. When my daughter is sleeping, I read and review children’s books and blog about my reading (and sometimes about my girl). I also teach Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Library and Information Science. I am passionate about the importance of reading and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Columbia Arts Academy and the Lexington School of Music. I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are funny memoirs and young adult novels. I LOVE picture books, especially those about dogs and families. I am available for special projects, book talks, consulting, and speaking to teachers and librarians about books, kids, and reading. I am also very good with technology and am willing to create a presentation to suit your needs.