Reader, Partner, Parent, Library Director in Rochester, New York.

I am very fortunate to lead both the Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System, two of the most innovative institutions in the western New York region.

Books have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Books were always around when I was growing up, and I ended up in a career that is based on books. As a librarian and a citizen, I believe that reading, and understanding what you read, is the key to leading a successful, productive life.

I’ve been writing this blog for a long time. I write it because it helps me think about what I’ve read, and I read to understand the world in which I live. I also read just because I love a good story!

You can find me on Goodreads and Litsy as PatriciaU, LinkedIn as patriciauttaro, and Twitter as PatriciaU36. In the picture below, I was photographed in the glorious Harold Hacker Hall in the Rundel Memorial Library at the Central Library of Rochester (NY) and Monroe County, where I work. I’m a bit older now, but still reading and loving books. If you’re ever in Rochester, stop by. I can be reached via email at puttaro (at) libraryweb.org.


And here is a photo of the exterior of the Rundel Building, all lit up at night!


True story – A librarian who works in this building photoshopped the READ on top of the building, but I would love to see one in real life!

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Patricia!
    Thank you so much for all that you do for the writing community, both through this wonderful blog and through your work at the Rochester library. I greatly enjoy your blog! My debut novel, A Dead Man’s Eyes, releases from Level Best Books April 13. I am wondering how to contact you about consideration for a review. I am also nearby (I am about an hour and forty-five minutes way, but anything within a two-hour radius is considered close where I live!) and available should you ever need someone to do an event or a one-day workshop at the Rochester Library. I am vice president of the board for the Knoxville, PA, library (tiny compared to Rochester), so I know and appreciate how important community outreach can be. I also enjoy giving back to the community. Thanks again!


      1. Thank you, Patty!
        For e-ARCs, I can send you a mobi file (Kindle), an epub file (Nook), or a PDF that is the interior only. I really don’t mind sending you the physical ARC either. Could you send me either an email address for the e-ARC or a mailing address for the physical ARC to lori@loriduffyfoster.com?
        Enjoy the long weekend!


  2. Hi Geza,

    I saw your review of Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold on Amazon.com and tracked you down here to your blog. Wow, you sure have the best job–or maybe it’s just something you do for fun but happen to get paid? Anyway, I tracked you down because as an author, I’m always looking for book reviews, and that’s even more important now, since the third book in my middle-grade series, Ghosters 3: The Secrets of the Bloody Tower, has just come out. So, I’ve come to you. Would you be interested in reading it and writing me an honest review? I can send you any version of e-book or paperback, if that’s what you prefer.


    Diana Corbitt

    Here’s the link to my website. You can find out a lot about this book and my previous writings there. Thanks for any help you can give me.



  3. Great site Patricia!

    I am a Goodreads author and I would love to get my books into the Rochester and Monroe County Library system.

    Also, I am wondering whether you would be prepared to be willing to review TWISTED REASONS, the first in a trilogy of international crime thrillers based on arms and human trafficking from a modern ‘rogue’ Russian state. TWISTED REASONS is the tale of two college friends who get drawn into the heist of nuclear material from a former Soviet site. The novel examines the nature of evil, and, in its broader historical and geographical sweep, explores Stalin’s decadent régime through flashbacks that incorporate aspects from my own family’s experiences. The second book in the series, TWISTED TRAFFICK is being published on October 7th of this year. The third novel in the trilogy, TWISTED FATES, which takes place partly in Greece, will be coming out during the course of next year.

    Arriving in Vienna to find his friend Adam Kallay, an official at the International Atomic Energy Agency, presumed dead, crime novelist Greg Martens teams up with Interpol Agent Anne Rossiter and Julia, Kallay’s Russian girlfriend, to solve the case and track the disappearance from a former Soviet nuclear site of enough uranium to make a bomb. The story moves from espionage entrepȏt Vienna to radioactivity contaminated Chelyabinsk and to front-line Georgia, as the three combat arms merchants allied to Russian secret police to prevent the stolen uranium from getting into the wrong hands. Along the way, Greg learns brutal truths about himself and his family.

    I wrote the book when I was living in Vienna, and you might recognize some debt / allusions to Graham Greene’s THE THIRD MAN and the wonderful film based on it.

    In the hope that you would consent to do a review, I have made a downloadable copy for e-readers available to you via the Smashwords website (https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Twisted+Reasons) using the following coupon code at check-out:


    Thank you and my very best wishes,

    Geza Tatrallyay


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