Glenda York

Reference Librarian

Glenda York, a member of the RCPL team for more than 14 years, earned her associate of arts degree in library science at Somerset Community College and her paraprofessional certificate from the State Board for the Certification of Librarians. A voracious reader and bibliophile, she is interested in literature, poetry, photography, art, theatre, Native American culture, music, gardening, botany, hiking and travel. Her motto: Learn Something New Every Day.


Glenda is the recipient of a Bridging the Gap Scholarship from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, with partnership between Northern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community & Technical College and the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives. As part of that scholarship, she was able to attend the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, in 2011.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

She provides "Glenda's Picks," three reading selections monthly to the Bookclub @ KET newsletter listserv, and wrote "In Defense of Real Books," an article that appeared in the June 2007 edition of the International Thriller Writers webzine. She also contributed to the local newspaper's "Check it Out" library column for several years, and hosts her own book blog, A Bit Bookish.

Before becoming a librarian, Glenda worked in medical transcription for Dr. L. Douglas Kennedy in Lexington, as a 4-H assistant and EFNEP at the Russell County Extension Office, and as a secretary to the chairman of the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago for 19 years.

Glenda is a member of the local book club which meets the fourth Tuesday of every month; a member of the Shadow Scribes Literary Society; a member of the Russell County Arts Council, and a participant in the Ghosts of Russell County Program at the Star Theater in Russell Springs. Her photographs have appeared in Decades Review, an online literary Magazine, and Along the Redbud Trails, the 2011 calendar for Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association. She also won second place in the education category in the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Photography Contest.

Glenda lives on a farm in Russell County with her husband of 48 years, David, and two large dogs, Chief and Rugey, and their cat Crowley. She has one son, Cody, who is an Eagle Scout and works for Xerox. Glenda is a longtime vegetarian interested in all aspects of natural living.

Glenda's Top 10 Favorite Fiction Books

All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Night Circus  by Erin Morgenstern
Parchment of Leaves by Silas House
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Redshirts by John Scalzi
The Stand by Stephen King
Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy


Glenda's Top 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Books

Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
The Know it All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
Blood and Thunder: an Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman by Patricia C. McKissack and Fred McKissack
Fast Food Nation: the Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan




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