I am Valerie Byrd Fort (AKA "Library Goddess"). 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.

Website updated March 30, 2020

About Valerie Byrd Fort

I was a practicing elementary school librarian for 15 years 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 - BONUS - I lead Cocky’s Reading Express, the university's literacy outreach program. I am passionate about the importance of literacy, libraries, and CHOICE.

I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Irmo Music Academy, Columbia Arts Academy, and the Lexington School of Music. We have a daughter and three dogs.

In my free time, I enjoy Target, Barre3, 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!