Hi, everyone out there in Internet-land! I’m Suzanna Hermans, and I have pretty much the coolest job on the planet.
It all started when I was very, very small. You see, I grew up in a creaky, old bookstore. My dad started Oblong Books & Music in Millerton, NY about ten years before I was born. By the time I came around, the store was already pretty wonderful, and I got to hang out there every day after preschool. Now that my parents had a kid on their hands, they realized that there was really nowhere nearby to buy toys and books for children. So they started Oblong Jr., a chidren’s book and toy store around the corner from the bookstore. The stores shared a backyard, so they built a super-cool staircase between the two.
I pretty much had full reign of the store from the time I could walk until, well, now. As I grew up I worked in the store with my dad and learned the ins and outs of running a cash register and shelving books. It was always something I loved to do.
When I was sixteen, my dad opened a second bookstore in Rhinebeck, NY. This one was built from scratch, each bookcase custom ordered to fit. I got to watch and help the whole store come into creation, which was really something to see.
I went off to college to pursue something very different from bookselling: theatre. But when I realized it wasn’t for me, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a bookseller. What better job could there be?
Now I manage our Rhinebeck store and buy about half of the adult books and all of the chidren’s books. I love my job – every day is different, and when you get to be around books and readers all day long, you never get bored.
The Kids’ Book Corner is a collection of my thoughts on kids’ books, along with some reviews, and my podcasts from WHDD FM out of Sharon, CT. Thanks for reading!