Ever wonder what the Stratford Staff likes to read? We want to share with you our favorite genres and authors - at this moment. Our favorites change from time to time.

Jen, our children's librarian, says her favorite adult author is Marcus Zusak. She also has a couple of children's / teen's authors in her list of favorites. They are Lauren Childs, Avi and Eric Carle. You can catch Jen reading books from children through adult levels, several of which are non-fiction.

Laurie, head of circulation, loves reading mysteries. Some other authors in adult fiction are Nora Roberts and Anne Rice. Besides reading the books, Laurie enjoys checking out audio books when she travels.

Katherine, circulation, has Jen Lancaster as her favorite author. Katherine frequently shares snippets from the books, causing all of us to laugh. She likes this author because of the humor and the crazy titles which are quite something. Katherine sometimes uses the digital media catalog on the HCPL website so she can listen to her books while walking her dog Duncan.

Sarah, Branch Manager, used to only read mysteries. Some of her favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell and Mary Higgins Clark. But one day, Sarah stretched herself a little and reached for a book by a brand new author, David Baldacci. As of today, he has written 15 books. Sarah has read every one of them and hasn't found a dud yet. His books are grabbers from the first page.

What are your favorite authors or your favorite genres? Have you stretched yourself lately and read something you haven't tried before? I challenge you to branch out and try new authors or genres and let us know about your experience.