Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my new home on the web! I'm Amanda Civitello: writereditorLGBTQ advocateknitter, and (sometime) photographer. I believe public libraries are transformative and am lucky to work for one. You can find links to my most recent work below, and you can catch me sharing great ideas from libraries nationwide in a bimonthly column for Public Libraries magazine. Don't be shy - reach out! I'd love to hear from you.


In part because truth is obscured by a cloud of "alternative facts," libraries are transforming their spaces, their services, and their resources.

Read more at In Media Res.


Five years ago, it had become apparent that Waukegan Public Library’s patrons no longer reflected the city’s changing demographics.

Read more at ILA Reporter.


Intense, intimate relationships were not frowned upon by turn-of-the-century social customs - in fact, one could even say they were downright encouraged.

Read more at Creating Iris.