Report: In Ohio, the Greenville Public Library is Publishing an Online Literary Magazine
Fourth & Sycamore isn’t just the location of the Greenville Public Library; it’s the title of the online literary journal of the library — fourthandsycamore.com.
David Nilsen, Greenville librarian and editor of Fourth & Sycamore, says he knows of only one other library-run literary journal in the United States — at the Manatee County Public Library in Florida.
“The journal really started as a blog,” Nilsen says. “When I started here two years ago, the library wanted a news blog that would keep library patrons apprised of events and that sort of thing. But I decided we could do something bigger, something we weren’t seeing other libraries do.”
The name Fourth & Sycamore refers to the street corner on which our 110-year-old library building resides. We chose the name to emphasize that while the books we discuss here allow our minds to explore the world, we are here to serve the local community in which we live. The knowledge contained within the walls of our building explores every continent of the earth and even the oceans and outer space, but that building itself sits in the small town of Greenville that gives our institution its name, and our library is here to provide reading and resources for that town.
Our editor and lead critic at Fourth & Sycamore is David Nilsen. David is a librarian and freelance writer. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is joined by dozens of other writers around the country and around the world. The reviews, essays, and creative writing by individual authors featured on this journal reflect the opinions of those authors exclusively, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Fourth & Sycamore or Greenville Public Library.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.