Who I am
Pat can be found at the Coventry Village Library.
About Pat Gray
My name is Pat, and I am the branch manager of the beautiful Coventry Village Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. I have been an avid reader throughout my life, and I love helping other people find books they will enjoy. I am part of RATS (Reader’s Advisory Team) here at the Library. “Reader’s Advisory” is Library speak for helping people find a good book to read-a book the reader will enjoy.
In a previous life, long before I started working at libraries, I earned a graduate degree in English, so I have training in literary criticism, and I have read and studied many of the “classics.” But even before that, I spent years reading mysteries; fiction of all kinds; and an assortment of non-fiction, including history, politics, self-help, and new-age spiritual books. I have usually had at least two books in progress (reading, not writing), and a long list of books I wanted to get to as soon as possible!
When I joined the RATS team, I had to have a RATS name, and my enthusiasm for whatever book I am recommending suggested the name “Excitable RAT” (as well as my enjoyment of Warren Zevon). I call this the “(Mis)Education” because I read all kinds of things, from books about serial killers to books about spiritual enlightenment. In this blog, I share some thoughts about what I am reading and where my reading is taking my lifelong (mis)education.
I hope you’ll find some books you want to read here and I hope you’ll share your own suggestions.