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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Blue Marble Books Welcomes New Manager, Celebrates Exemplary Staff

Never has there been a more important time for our communities to support each other.



Never has there been a more important time for our communities to support each other. In these troubling times, we have been reminded of our humanity. Blue Marble Books wants our community members to know that we are here to support them. 

Like the rest of the world, Blue Marble Books has changed. Not just to follow social distancing guidelines, but also learning how to carry on in a virtual world. What has truly made Blue Marble Books stand out for over forty years has been our staff and our ability to connect with customers. We thought it would be a good time to reintroduce our staff and introduce our new manager, Caroline Stine. 

Get to know the hard-working book lovers behind every call, email, and mask:


Tina Moore was the founder and owner of Blue Marble Books.


TINA MOORE was the founder and owner of Blue Marble Books, resident children's literature expert, and friend of a great many authors and illustrators of children’s books. Tina continued to share her expertise with staff and customers until her passing in December 2016. Tina had served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Children's Booksellers (ABC) and was a founding member of the trade organization. 

She was recognized for her contributions to area literacy by winning the Silver Gertie Award (1989) and being named one of the Women of the Year in Northern Kentucky (1991). She was a founder of the Kentucky Blue Grass Awards program. Tina planted the roots of one of the most beloved independent bookstores in all of Kentucky. We continue to nurture her legacy in hopes we can continue to make as big of an impact in our community as she did.


Peter Moore


PETER MOORE was a not-so-silent partner for about 25 years, until he became an active manager of the store in 2004. While a full-time professor of mathematics at NKU during those 25 years, Peter kept up with children's books, connected with authors and illustrators, met the store's visitors, and attended children's literature festivals with Tina. 

After Tina’s passing, Peter took up ownership of the store and continues carrying on Tina’s passion. Peter can guide you in any book suggestion and genuinely enjoys meeting with every customer. With the teacher still planted in his heart (and not going anywhere), you can expect that he will sit down to read and talk to our young customers quite often, and may occasionally include a math problem.


Caroline Stine


CAROLINE STINE, originally from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and a ‘02 graduate of Highlands High School, has spent her artistic career as an actor, director and costume designer working in Indianapolis, Indiana; Arezzo, Italy; and Boulder, Colorado, before circling back and returning to Cincinnati to produce and direct devised physical theatre. She obtained her BA in Theatre and English at Butler University and her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. 

She is the artistic director and creator of InBocca Performance, a company that specializes in bleeding edge devised theatre in the heart of Cincinnati. Her work has been performed in all sorts of bizarre places from old lagering tunnels, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Boulder Fringe, and the museums of Russia.


While Caroline has spent most of her career working in theatre, she has also spent large chunks of it working with books! While living in Indianapolis, Caroline managed Big Hat Books, an independent bookstore. She has also had a long and storied career with Barnes and Noble, both in Cincinnati and in Boulder, CO. 

Her favorite children's book of ALL TIME is: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood. Caroline is thrilled and excited to be starting this new adventure with Blue Marble Books!


Betsy


BETSY has been a friend of Blue Marble Books for almost 40 years. 

While working as an elementary librarian, she began working with Tina to update her school’s collection. Betsy started working part-time at the store in 2001 after her district put their librarians back in the classroom. She missed working with books. Working at the store allowed her to still be around new books and the people who read, wrote, and illustrated them. She retired from teaching in 2014 and now volunteers in her district’s elementary libraries by maintaining their online card catalogs and processing their books. 

For Betsy, when providing suggestions for customers, it’s always about the child. What is the last book they read? What are their interests? She still has the true passion of a librarian.


Chris


CHRIS moved to Fort Thomas with her family in 1982. 

Often, she walked up the Avenue with her children to the original Blue Marble Books to revel in what one customer described as "organized chaos." Beginning in 1984, she sold Cabbage Patch doll clothes at the store, dressed windows and teddy bears, sewn curtains, beanbags, monkeys, and helped in setting up the Great Green Room, a re-creation of the room featured in the book Goodnight Moon. 

Chris is responsible for most of the beautiful displays in our store. She will try to find the perfect book that will capture your children's imagination and that will put them under the same spell cast on her children and countless others who have visited Blue Marble Books.


Holly


HOLLY has taught writing since 1973. 

She directed the writing certification program at Principia College and taught writing classes for both the University of Cincinnati and Writer's Digest University. She has degrees in English, Education, and Psychology. She won a National Society of Arts and Letters honor award for her first play. Two of her books were published by F&W, Writer’s Digest’s parent company. Holly started working at Blue Marble Books early in 2015. Her first love has always been children’s literature—everything from picture books to young adult, and she has collected more than 6,000 hardcover books. Which she has mostly read. In recent years, she’s also become an award-winning artist. Holly writes all of our book reviews and is the perfect source for any suggestion you may require. 


Tessa



TESSA has been visiting Blue Marble Books since she was a kid. She became a regular at the store as an ambitious young reader. In 2017, she was offered the job to manage returns. Since then, her responsibilities have only grown. Tessa runs our social media pages and sometimes you can spot her running the cash register as well. Tessa has received one national Scholastic's Gold Key (the top 1% of the nation), one state Gold Key, two state Silver Keys, and several state Honorable Mentions for her poetry and short stories. 

She is a Visual Communication Design major and Creative Writing minor at NKU planning to graduate in 2022. She is also the art editor for NKU’s literary magazine Loch Norse, and often MCs their open mic nights. She has designed their logo and their new posters. In hopes to someday work in design for book layouts and covers, she hopes she can help you find a book with both an imaginative cover and a captivating story.

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