Educator Appreciation Weekend is Oct. 5-9 at Half Price Books. While all of our staff loves teachers, we wanted to take a moment to recognize one of our great bibliomaniacs who has spent some extra time working with educators and students in her community. So in this edition of “Meet the Bibliomaniac,” we are pleased to introduce you to Lizz Comer from our Columbus, Ohio district. Take it away, Lizz!
Name: Lizz Comer
Job Title: Store Manager
Location: HPB Northpointe Plaza in Lewis Center, Ohio
When did you join the team?
I started with Half Price Books in March 2007 at the wonderful Bethel Road location in Columbus. I was a bookseller and shift leader there before I transferred to Lane Avenue as an assistant manager in 2013. I became a store manager for the brand new Northpointe Plaza store Lewis Center in 2015 and have been getting this store up and running ever since.
What is your favorite part about working at HPB?
I love talking to people about books, movies and video games.
As a store manager, what’s an average day like for you?
My average day consists of coming up with lots of projects for our booksellers to work on. I also spend a lot of time finding creative solutions to issues J.
What is your all-time favorite book, movie, album or video game?
This is way too hard to narrow it down to just one! I like classic horror movies with Vincent Price. My favorite authors are James Herbert, James Herriot and Shirley Jackson. My favorite video games are the Persona games.
What are you reading right now?
The Literary Ghost by Larry Dark, Yellow is for Fear by Dorothy Eden, The Shadow Queen by Rebecca Dean and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson.
What other things do you do in your free time?
I volunteer at my local dog shelter and foster cats and dogs with PetPromise.
Tell us about your work with educators.
I recently had fun doing mock interviews with some high school students. I gave the teacher a bunch of applications and then went to the school to tell them what I look for in an applicant. These students were in a work-study program and would soon be doing real interviews to find employment once they graduated.
Our store has also showcased local students’ essays about the book Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. We made a special display and most of the students came in to show their parents.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
Every science teacher I ever had. There are too many to name, but they made school much more interesting and instilled a curiosity to find out how things work.
Anything else to add?
I highly respect teachers and enjoy working with them.