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Lydia M. Sigwarth, author & librarian

Lydia Sigwarth is the author of the picture book DEAR LIBRARIAN (June 1st, 2021). A Children's Librarian in Wisconsin, she's been featured on This American Life, BookPage, MPR and LitHub.

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Dear Librarian

When Lydia was five years old, she and her family had to leave their home. They hopped from Grandma's house to Aunt Linda's house to Cousin Alice's house, but no place was permanent. Then one day, everything changed. Lydia's mom took her to a new place — not a house, but a big building with stone columns, and tall, tall steps. The library.

In the library, Lydia found her special spot across from the sunny window, at a round desk. For behind that desk was her new friend, the librarian. Together, Lydia and the librarian discovered a world beyond their walls, one that sparkled with spectacular joy.

Paired with warm art by newcomer Romina Galotta and a foreword by Ira Glass, Dear Librarian is a "thank you" to anyone who has offered a child love and support during a difficult time.

"A gentle ode to the effect one person can have on another, and what a library can offer a community." —Publishers Weekly

"A cogent, warming reminder that public libraries have always been more than just repositories for books." —Kirkus Reviews


Lydia M. Sigwarth is an author and children's librarian. Being a librarian has been her dream job since she was little – well, either that or a time-traveling girl detective/ballerina.
Lydia lives in Platteville, Wisconsin with her fluffy puppy Agatha. Her absolute favorite thing to do is talk books with budding bookworms. Dear Librarian is her debut picture book. You can find her online @LibraryLydia.


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