Kate’s professional background as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and coordinator of the popular Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors led organically in to her current position as Director of the Rhode Island Center for the Book. Along with hundreds of volunteers, she coordinates the Center for the Book’s programs, including: Reading Across Rhode Island, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, Letters About Literature, and Art of the Book.
Kate has initiated successful partnerships with the Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books and Authors, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Charles H. Watts II History and Culture of the Book Program. She advocates zealously for Rhode Island’s libraries and represents the state of Rhode Island at the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress Annual State Centers Meeting, both in Washington, D.C.
Kate holds a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and a bachelor’s degree with English and French double major from Kenyon College. Kate has volunteered in her sons’ local school communities for over fifteen years as an officer of their school PTOs and is currently a board member of the Michael Flanagan Foundation and past board member of the Barrington Educational Foundation.