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Mary Menzel is the Director of the California Center for the Book, a reading promotion agency affiliated with the California State Library and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. She currently oversees the Book-to-Action grants offered by the California State Library. Mary is an avid reader of everything from horror stories to cookbooks, and she teaches reader’s advisory – the art of matching readers with fiction and nonfiction that they’ll enjoy – at UCLA.Mary earned a B.A. in creative writing – poetry from Stanford University, and she has a master’s of library and information science from UCLA. Before enrolling at UCLA to pursue her library degree, Mary volunteered in an elementary school in Los Angeles. A native of northern California, she has also resided in New York City and London.