Hello! I am Valerie Byrd Fort (AKA "Library Goddess") and I am an Instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. This site will take you to my blog, my social media links, and other resources that I feel are important to my work and teaching.

Updated August 3, 2019

About Valerie Byrd Fort

I spent 15 years as a librarian in elementary schools before deciding to stay home with my daughter. After a couple of years staying home, I had the opportunity to apply for and accept (!!!) my DREAM JOB. For years, I taught Children’s Literature at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Library and Information Science. In August 2018, I started teaching for SLIS full-time and I also lead Cocky’s Reading Express. I am passionate about the importance of literacy and libraries. I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Irmo Music Academy, Columbia Arts Academy, and the Lexington School of Music.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, Barre3, yoga, and reading. My favorite things to read are true crime, funny memoirs and young adult novels. I adore picture books, especially those about dogs and families. Thank you for stopping by!