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Christyna Hunter Author Archive


Email: Christyna.Hunter@loudoun.gov  

Despite being born with a disability, Christyna Hunter has surpassed all perilous predictions. She graduated from college, where a friend introduced her to romance novels, started a freelance writing career, self-published two romance novels, and worked at a non-profit organization. Currently she works with Loudoun County Public Libraries, reads romance novels in her free time, and prays often to her writing muse.


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Love Between the Covers Documentary

Both the film and its website, Popular Romance Project, are products of the partnership between the Library of Congress — Center for the Book and Blueberry Hill Productions. According to the production company’s press release for the film, “Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year—outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

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Beanstack: A Readers’ Advisory Tool for Young Readers

In the field of public librarianship, it is well known that readers’ advisory is a vital component of the job. Each librarian has his/her own resources to accomplish this task. Databases, word-of-mouth, and a librarian’s own personal reading experiences are just a few examples in a librarian’s tool kit. Now another means of advisory has become available for youth services librarians, Beanstack .

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August is Read a Romance Month

You know the month. Talk of love and chocolate and red flowers. Romance is planned, discussed, and celebrated. Love stories are shared in the middle of the hottest month of the year—What? Wait! No, we’re not speaking of chilly February’s Valentine’s Day but rather sweltering August’s Read a Romance Month.

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Libraries Help Writers Succeed

With the boom in electronic publication and self-publishing, the world of writing is being transformed. Although traditional publication routes are still available, libraries are creating tools and spaces to make publication more of a reality for their patrons.

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I Was Lucky Because I Could Walk to Our Local Library: A Conversation with Cece Bell

Award winning author Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books for several years. This year, her book for older children, El Deafo, earned her a Newberry Honor. A graphic novel memoir, El Deafo tells her story of becoming almost completely deaf at a young age due to illness. Depicting the resulting challenges—and delights—are a cast of bunny characters that tell a very human story.

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Teaching Teens Self-Publishing @ the Library

About two years ago, Smashwords was busy working with Los Gatos (CA) Public Library to introduce the world of self-publishing to the library’s patrons. Since then, the affiliation between the two groups has taken on a new venue: local high school classrooms.

Melissa Baker, Marketing and Program Coordinator for the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, loads up the new Little Free Library at the CentralLibrary in Conroe.

Like a Rock Star – A Little Free Library Goes on Tour

A couple of years ago the Little Free Libraries (LFL) craze began. As was noted in a previous Public Libraries Online blog post, LFL can be put up at any community location, such as a Homeowner’s Association clubhouse, a dog park, a playground, or even someone’s yard (with the owner’s permission). LFL fever has spread and now public libraries have put a new twist on it. Why not have a public library loan out a LFL as if it was a book or DVD?

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I Was That Little Girl Who Went to the Library Every Single Saturday: A Conversation with Sharon Draper

This past fall, author Sharon Draper’s novel, Out of My Mind, was Loudoun County Public Library’s pick for their 1 Book, 1 Community book. As part of the program, Draper visited the area and did an author chat at a local middle school.

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I Love My Library Card: A Dual Use Library/Debit Card

Frederick County (MD) Public Library (FCPL) has found an ingenious way to combine its patrons’ library card with bank debit cards.

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Need More Romance? There’s An App for That

In a previous post or two, I have mentioned the popularity of the romance genre. Romance novels continue to be a staple of the bookselling and library worlds. Now, due to the popularity of the genre and the variety of its subgenres, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) has created a unique app.

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Two States Creating State-Wide Library E-book Collections

A recent Library Journal Online article examined a newly passed bill in Connecticut that gave the state’s library board of trustees the authority to create a state-wide e-book collection. Connecticut’s small size means there are no county governments and therefore no individual library systems. A Connecticut library card is valid in every library in the […]

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Why Blog?

According to Wikipedia, blogs have been around since the late 1990s. Since then, they have evolved to sophisticated avenues of sharing personal and organizational news and events. Whatever the purpose, blogs are now used widely by corporations, local government, and, yes, librarians. So how does a librarian use this tool in an effective way? How does it evolve and stay relevant both for the writer and reader?

The Minecraft Craze at the Public Library

Back in my younger days, Pac-Man® was the game to play. Maybe even Gorf, if you were lucky enough to have a snazzy Commodore 64 computer like I did. Despite these games and others being popular back then, there was no thought to having them played in the public library. That is all changing now, and the latest craze in gaming at the library involves Minecraft.

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The Perfect Partnership: Public Libraries and Homeschoolers

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics 2013 report, the number of school-aged children being homeschooled has risen 17% in five years. As a community partner, the public library can assist this growing population’s needs.

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The Physical Effects of E-Reading

We’re in the middle of an e-reading craze. Libraries are dashing around to add more digital titles to their catalogs. Libraries are lending out e-readers and even opening bookless branches. (See past PLA Online articles here and here.) We know that e-reading offers tons of great benefits for readers; but let’s slow down a minute and consider possible adverse effects.