Yul Kaseman is an avid reader and staunch supporter of the public library system. Currently residing in New York City, her free time main indulgences are trips to the library, book club gatherings, and getting to fall into a good story.

In a book, the most important aspect for her is a great story told through a relatable protagonist. She loves a great variety of genres – fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, but storylines that involve the use of magic really take her to her childhood when she first became an avid reader. Some of her favorite authors include Jane Smiley, George RR Martin, Hilary Mantel, Sarah Addison Allen, Neil Gaiman, and Kate Atkinson. These writers stand out to Kaseman because of their ability to create stories that offer immersive experiences with compelling characters that the reader can relate to.

As a lover of children’s books, Yul Kaseman promotes the importance of reading at her child’s preschool where she is an active volunteer. Furthermore, she runs a book club at the school, which has grown to become a big success among the parents. It serves as an opportunity for the parents to get together and bond over the interest in storytelling and reading while building upon the core common ground of parenthood.

Kaseman invites all parents — even those who do not actively read the books — to attend the book club. She encourages those who are currently not in the habit of reading to take small steps that can help build reading into their daily routine. Yul Kaseman recommends starting with a short book on a topic that you find interesting or a topic that a close friend would enjoy. At the end of the day, books are relationship makers. She believes books can help people find the stories and words to build and strengthen relationships — whether it is with friends, family, community members, or even just by feeling empathy for the characters in the book.

Public Library:

Nearly ninety-five percent of all the books that Yul Kaseman reads are those she picked up from the public library. Yul is a major advocate for the use of the public library system and she understands just how important these libraries are to the community. Public libraries can help revitalize struggling neighborhoods, create more sustainable communities, strengthen the bonds between community members, and much more. And simply it is a place for people to escape and find some peace. That is why Kaseman supports all authors who are supporters of the public library themselves.

Kaseman urges readers who prefer to select a new book from the comfort of their own home to still consider using the public library. Public libraries have become much more technology-friendly in recent years. In fact, there is an expansive list of books that you can download for free from the public libraries database right to your e-reader.

Professional Background:

Yul Kaseman is an experienced business development professional who currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Bright Architecture based in Brooklyn, New York. She brings with her over twenty years of business development experience, operating within the financial services and consulting industries. Kaseman enjoys the challenge of problem-solving and uncovering new ways to build strategic relationships for the firm.

Kaseman is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Finance and Strategic Management, along with a minor in Japanese.