Executive Director John Faherty still cannot believe his good fortune in getting a job at The Mercantile Library. His nightstand is filled with books because he is a slow reader, but he doggedly marches on with his pattern of one challenging book followed by one fun book. John thinks few people are actually worth biography and fewer yet of autobiography. John loves historical fiction and confesses a weakness for well-written crime procedurals. He has a particular affection for everything written by Kate Atkinson. He received a History degree from the University of Chicago in 1987. John lives with his particularly adorable family in Hyde Park.
Cedric RoseLibrarian, Collector
Cedric Rose has been the Mercantile’s “Book Guy” since 2005. He has a bachelors in English from the University of Cincinnati, where he focused on creative writing, and a Masters in Information and Library Science from Kent State University. He buys books, manages the collection and circulation, is the library’s de facto I.T. and A.V. guy, and wants to know what you will be reading next.
Amy HunterPrograms & Marketing Manager
Literary Programs & Marketing Manager Amy Hunter is a lifelong reader whose favorite place is “in a book.” Her background is in public relations, marketing, and event planning–primarily for Cincinnati’s wonderful food community. She plans almost all of the programming at the Mercantile, and loves talking about the Merc to just about anyone. A resident of Greater Cincinnati since the early 1990s, she lives in Wyoming with her husband Bruce, and their sons Sam and Beck.
Chris MessickBusiness & Membership Manager
Business and Membership Manager Chris Messick is has worked at the Mercantile since 2005. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Salisbury University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. He lives with his wife and two children in Northside, and enjoys reading history, slightly odd fiction, and books about New York City in the late 1970s.
Hillary CopseyBook Advisor
Hillary Copsey is a reading enthusiast whose favorite question is: What are you reading? At the Mercantile, Hillary leads and helps to organize book discussions, shares pretty pictures of books and book recommendations on social media, and tries really hard to resist the temptation to spend a day reading in the stacks. She is the founder and publisher of the Make America Read newsletter and lives with her husband and two sons in Norwood. She always has a book with her and spends a great deal of time reading at youth sports.
Al LloydAssistant Collector
Al joined the Mercantile staff as a part-timer after 30 years as a librarian with the Public Library, both at the Main Library and the Hyde Park Branch. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. He lives with his wife, Carol, in Pleasant Ridge. He has two grown sons and a growing too quickly grandson.
Jasmine Griffin Membership Coordinator
Jasmine Griffin is an avid reader and aspiring author. She is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. At present, she’s also writing on her first novel which incorporates Southern folk and fairy tales with Crossroads mythology. She enjoys reading paranormal, fantasy, historical and speculative fiction. Her favorite authors are Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman and Ursula K. LeGuin.
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