Sharon Grover is a longtime audiobook listener and reviewer. She has served on and chaired Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults (now called Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults), served on the inaugural Odyssey Award Committee, and chaired the 2010 Odyssey Award Committee. Currently, she is head of the Youth Services Department at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin, where she shares favorite audiobook titles with her young patrons. 15 years at the Arlington (Virginia) Public Library allowed her the good fortune to work with her friend and colleague Lizette Hannegan, as well as a host of amazing middle school readers and listeners. She has written articles and columns and presented workshops—many of them with Lizette Hannegan—on using audiobooks to promote literacy.
Lizette Hannegan is now retired from the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools, after working 22 years as an elementary and middle school librarian and as the district library media supervisor. Advocating for audiobooks has resulted in conference presentations, grants for the use of audiobooks in instructional settings, and journal and review articles. She has been an Audies judge, a 2010 Odyssey Award Committee member, and the 2012 Odyssey Award chair. Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she feels that the Enoch Pratt Free Library was a source for her love and support for libraries. She has used her bachelor’s degree in English literature and master’s degree in library science to demonstrate that libraries are the place where all young people begin their journey of listening and learning.