Hi, I’m Mindy. I blog about books and life in Minneapolis with my musician husband (Chad) and our five-year-old daughter (Ladybug–not her real name). We are a secular family. We like music, art, and science. I am a writer and a zinester. I was born with a limb deficiency. See Fake Arm 101 for more about that.
I’m a librarian by training, and I currently work in the book industry as a staff librarian at a book company. My days are spent reading book reviews, sorting through sample books, and helping librarians choose books for their collections. In the past, I have worked with teenagers at a public library.
I’ve been blogging about books in various incarnations since 2003 or so. This is the latest version.
I primarily blog about family life, which for us includes books and music, but this is an eclectic space where just about anything can come up. Enjoy.
I also have a photo blog.
Why “Proper Noun”? Proper nouns are specific and unique. Much like I try to be. Also, I’m a bit of a language geek.
Email me: lovelymindyreadermaid AT gmail DOT com
Some Cool Stuff I Have Done:
2005 - “Books Build Bridges” presentation at the Minnesota Education Media Organization conference
2006 – Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Award (Cybils) Panelist and organizer
2007 – Cybils Judge
2008 – “Read Around the World” presentation at the Minnesota Education Media Organization conference
2010 – “Booktalk Live” Presentation at the Minnesota Education Media Organization conference w/ colleagues
2011 – Tabled at the Twin Cities Zinefest, contributed to the Zinefest How-to Encyclopedia
Published “Just Like You: Helping Young People Understand Disabilities Through Books” in Book Links Magazine
Appeared on Atheist Talk to share Books for Secular Families
Worked in the Alphabet Forest at the State Fair
2012 – Appeared on Atheist Talk to Discuss The Magic of Reality
Contributed a guest post to The Artful Parent: Four Picture Books to Inspire Your Young Artist
Contributed a guest post to The Blogunteer: Don’t Stare, Be Kind Instead
“Booktalk Live” Presentation at MEMO w/ colleagues
2013 – “Booktalk Live” Presentation at MEMO w/ colleagues
Tabled at the Twin Cities Zine Fest
Published “It’s okay to notice. It’s okay to ask” in the Minnesota Women’s Press Magazine
This blog is not affiliated with my employer. My opinions are my own.