Jennifer LaGarde has spent her entire adult life working in public education. She has served as a classroom teacher, a teacher-librarian, a digital teaching and learning specialist, a district level support staff member, and a statewide leader as a consultant for both the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional Innovation. A passionate advocate for readers and libraries, Jennifer currently teaches courses focused on emerging literacies and young adult literature at Rutgers University. Library Journal, The American Association of School Librarians, The New York Times, and The Carnegie Corporation have all recognized Jennifer’s work. When she’s not busy working, Jennifer spends time reading, hiking, chasing her two dogs, and drinking too much coffee with her husband, David, in Olympia, Washington. Follow Jennifer’s adventures at librarygirl.net.