Melissa's Bio

Your Book Babe, Melissa J. Collesano

If you need to find this author and former librarian, you just might find her in the bookshelves. But Melissa was not your mother's librarian, that's for sure! This dynamo has danced professionally for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets (basketball), the NLL’s New Jersey Storm (lacrosse), NLL’s All-Star Game, and AFL’s New Jersey Gladiators (football).  She has appeared in sports and theme park commercials and was the first cheerleader ever to be inducted into her hometown's Athletic Hall of Fame. A dancer and cheerleader for over three decades, Melissa Jean Collesano knows what it takes to generate a rush of energy in a crowd. Yet, it's not only in the sports arena where she promotes enthusiasm--it's also in the minds of little ones reaching out for a journey of their own. This dancer turned librarian entered the field of education as a second grade teacher and found a natural outgrowth of teaching in the classroom to be running a school library. With her book background and contagiously energetic personality, this book babe’s got a flair for encouraging readers to check out all the library has to offer; to read the classics and also venture off and indulge in today’s hip trends.

Now an author and mother, Melissa says she enjoys placing her own books in the hands of smiling children as well. “It’s fun being on both ends of the spectrum, “she says. "Teaching character and moral values is key in raising and educating our youngsters. At home or at school, character education should be a deliberate action plan that will help build a specific impression and encourage good behavior. In order to become a contributing and productive member of society as an adult, children must learn how to carry themselves in the world around them today."

Dare to check out her books and you may just be exposed to a genre worth cheering about yourself.