Stephanie was a force of nature. She exemplified my conviction that if you need to get something done, ask a librarian. She cherished books, cherished authors, and cherished the readers that she nurtured. Rest in peace.
TBF is the best teen fest in the world (and I've been to the other ones, all wonderful too but...). Stephanie was a world class leader, friend, cheerleader. Even though I knew she was stressed, she always seemed to find time to make sure everyone knew they were valued and appreciated. It's a great loss to be sure, but the festival is bigger than her now and will live on in her spirit. Here's to a brighter future after the darkness passes.
Stephanie was truly a rock star librarian. I was (and will forever be) in awe of her commitment to and enthusiasm for young adult literature. She was a role model in a superhero cape, showing all of us what spirit, creativity, and determination look like. I'm so grateful to have met and worked with her during my time at the Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest.