Meet the Read Between the Lynes Staff


Born and raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey, I still consider myself a "Jersey Girl", even though I have not lived in the state for 25 years! I moved to Woodstock, IL in 1997 with my husband Keith and our three children and we are thrilled to call Woodstock home. I love to read and one of my favorite pastimes has been visiting bookstores. I feel truly blessed to have brought Read Between the Lynes to the Woodstock Square to share my love of literature with the community.





A retired teacher, Leslie un-retired after two weeks and joined the RBTL staff on opening day.  Twelve years later, she’s still enjoying the customer contact…especially the kids, and the occasional dog.   An avid and constant reader, Leslie can offer great book advice for any customer.  And if you’re looking for a particular title, she’ll find it for you…whether we have it in stock or not.  Leslie lives in Woodstock with her husband Larry.  She brings him self-improvement books, but he says you can’t improve on perfection.




Born and raised in Illinois, I've lived the last seven years in Woodstock with my wife and two children. After working for many years for police departments, I decided to become a stay-at-home dad. I've always been an avid reader and writer and when I'm not taking care of the kids, reading, writing, working or working on my house, I enjoy biking and watching movies. While I love fantasy, I read a wide range of genre fiction or as I tell people, I tend to read books from the front half of the bookstore.




I'm a transplant who fell in love with a Woodstockian and his town, so much so that I both live and work on the Historic Woodstock Square.  When I joined the team at RBTL my husband said I couldn't spend my entire paycheck on books, a tall order since two of my passions intersect here-  books and supporting small, local businesses.  I'm an avid reader, devouring novels from all genres, memoirs, and lots of non-fiction. Stop by- I'd love to talk books with you!





As the youngest member of the famous Lynes family, I am proud to be back in my hometown of Woodstock, Illinois after living in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. Although I am enthusiastic about fitness and nutrition, I am also a connoisseur of the goodies on the “food side” of our store, and always ready to recommend some candy or make you a delicious milkshake!






Born and raised in Woodstock, I’ve come to love this delightful town with all my heart. I’m a senior attending Woodstock High School and can’t wait to see what is in my future.I hope to attend college to earn a degree in Occupational Therapy and Spanish. I love getting lost in any wonderful world that books have to offer. If I’m not at school, work or sports I can be found snuggled up with a good book and a warm blanket.





When I was looking for a town to move to a couple of years ago, my requirements were a Starbucks and an independent bookstore.  When I visited Woodstock and saw Read I Between the Lynes, I knew I'd found my new home.  And now I've gone from a happy customer to a happy bookseller.







Born and raised in Woodstock, I’ve lived here my whole life and I wouldn’t change it for any other town. I’m a recent GED graduate and planning on going to McHenry County College for my general arts degree. I’ve always loved the idea of working at a café, so I was thrilled to be part of the team when I was hired as a barista at RBTL! A year and a half later, I’m still here and making a mean latte. 






Born and raised in Illinois, Kerstin has lived majority of her life in Woodstock. She graduated from college a little over a year ago with a degree in English and Spanish. Kerstin loves talking to people about books! She reads most heavily in children's and young adult fantasy and science fiction and dabbles in graphic novels. When not reading, Kerstin enjoys learning new languages and trying new and/or unusual foods.





I’m a city girl who unexpectedly fell in love with Woodstock’s small-town charms and as a result, became a resident. As a lifelong bibliophile, indie bookstore fan and frequenter, I’m thrilled to have found a home with Read Between the Lynes. I can often be found snuggled on my couch with my best canine pal, a cup of peppermint tea, and of course, a book.






Woodstockian through and through

Full of Girl Scout derring-do. 

Who can strum loud and gaily 

On her ukulele

And recommend poetry, too!





Born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, I moved to Woodstock/Crystal Lake area in July of 2000. I have worked retail for many years and in many places on the Square. I also had a shop off the Square. Ater being retired for five years, Arlene asked me to join her team. I was thrilled and said yes. I enjoy being the café manager and am happy to be back at work. On my off time, I enjoy gardening and hiking with my husband and dogs, Oliver and Rainne.