Natalie Reif Ziarnik is an Elementary School Liaison/Youth Librarian at the Ela Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She coordinates communication and activities with elementary schools. In addition to her liaison duties, Ziarnik edits the "By the Book" column for Public Libraries magazine and writes fiction. For five years, she was a consultant to the University of Illinois Writers' Workshop. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 1996 and was honored with Downs Professional Promise Award. She also holds an M.A. in comparative literature.