Kate blames books for her being perpetually sleep deprived since the age of 10. While Kate no longer has to read hiding under the covers with a flashlight, she still has to set an alarm to remember to go to bed. Born and raised in Kansas, Kate attended college at a small Iowa school and has worked in farming, education, sales & distribution, event planning, and program management. Kate worked as the Creative Marketing Assistant at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont and as the Event Coordinator at Dragonfly Books in Decorah, Iowa. Kate squealed in delight when she joined MIBA. Independent bookstores create the space for ideas, culture, and community, and Kate loves supporting those spaces.