Your Story: Lori Beard

“It opened my eyes to a whole new world.”

Lori Beard 240

Lori Beard is a kid-in-a-candy-store talking about KPL. “It’s the world’s biggest free book store,” she says. Lori was a die-hard book buyer until she moved into the district. A garage sale later, she’s a regular at her neighborhood Eastwood Branch. “It has an intimate feeling,” she says. “The librarians know me by name and even suggest books.”

She also loves online browsing, which lets her use her library time reading, talking books with the librarians, or picking up reserves. Lori’s signed up for a service that automatically reserves new books by her favorite authors. “But they only allow 20 favorite authors and I’ve got way more than that…” Recently she’s discovered audio books and is looking forward to an upcoming book discussion on Jane Austen. “I was spending money on books to feed my passion until I discovered the library. It opened my eyes to a whole new world.”