Our staff members are here to help you make great selections. We are happy to share recommendations based on your reading stats. Helping customers find the perfect new read or gift is our specialty.
Emily is the owner of Boxcar Books and Vinyl and 112 Wine and Coffee Shoppe. It has been her lifelong dream to surround herself with books in every aspect of her life. Thanks to her hardworking family and a supportive customer base, she has been able to make that dream a reality. Emily worked as an educator for 22 years, teaching preschool, first grade, and working as Curriculum Director for Hoopeston Area School District.
Emily loves all genres in fiction and non-fiction, but finds herself choosing titles in literary fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and memoirs. Her recent favorite books include First Ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Cristopher Murry, The Rachel Incident by Caroline O'Donoghue, 4th Wing by Rebecca Yarros, and Finding Me by Fiona Davis. Follow her on Storygraph @shopboxcarbooks for updates on what she is reading!
The name of the bookstore was inspired by Emily's love of the Boxcar Children series. Her grandpa took her to the library as a child and she credits her love of books to him and the countless remarkable teachers that exposed her to a love of reading.
Emily is excited to see you in the store, she loves meeting new readers and helping them choose their next great read.
Rebecca is our newest bookseller. Rebecca is a sophomore at the Academy of Art university of illustration, and has always had a love for all things creative. She has always been an avid reader of all kinds of books, but her favorite genres are Fantasy, Romance, Literary fiction, and Poetry. Some of her favorite books include I Wish you all the Best by Mason Deaver, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Rebecca is so excited to assist you and recommend your next great read.
Mercedes is a senior at Hoopeston Area High School. She plans on continuing her education going onto college next fall. Mercedes loves all genres, but you' will usually find her in the romance section of the bookstore. Her receint favorite books include Happy Place by Emily Henry, Pack up the Moon by Kristan Higgins, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. You can follow Mercedes on Storygraph @mercy_diaz to get updates on what she is reading. Mercedes loves to help customers and can't wait to see you in the store!
Madie is the general manager at 112 Wine and Coffee Shoppe, but also fills in as a bookseller at Boxcar Books and Vinyl. Madie graduated from the University of Illinois with her BA in English and then continued on to get her MA in Education. She taught English Language Arts at Hoopeston Area Middle School and Hoopeston Area High School before managing 112 Wine and Coffee Shoppe.
Madie is an avid reader of historical fiction, young adult fantasy, and science fiction. She is always reading at least three books at time: an audiobook, a non-fiction or historical fiction book, and a fantasy novel. Madie may not fly through books very quickly, but reading each book is an experience that she wouldn't trade for anything. Some of Madie's favorite reading experiences have been reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, listening to several Kate Quinn books while frying donuts at the bakery, and reading Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone with her 8th graders.
Track down Madie at the Boxcar Books and Vinyl or 112 Wine and Coffee Shoppe for recommendations for middle and young adult readers.