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 resources that I feel are important to my work and teaching.

Updated June 4, 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!