Hello! I am Valerie Byrd Fort, sometimes known as the "Library Goddess." I am an Instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina, a PhD student in Language & Literacy, and the Coordinator for Cocky's Reading Express, UofSC's Literacy Outreach Program. 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.

Opinions are my own.

Updated August 1, 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 Information Science. In August 2018, I started teaching for SLIS full-time, in addition to teaching I lead Cocky’s Reading Express, the university's literacy outreach program.

I am passionate about the importance of literacy, libraries, inclusion and equity, read alouds and CHOICE.

I am a member of the South Carolina Association of School Librarians, The Reading League, American Library Association, Association for Library Service to Children, American Association of School Librarians, National Council of Teachers of English, Association for Library and Information Science Education, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

I am married to Marty Fort. He owns the Irmo Music Academy, Columbia Arts Academy, and the Lexington School of Music (all in South Carolina), as well as a music studio owners consulting business. We have a daughter and three dogs.

I enjoy Target, Barre3, and reading. My favorite things to read are true crime, graphic novels, funny memoirs and young adult novels. I adore picture books.

Thank you for stopping by!