Reann Lydick Poray never thought she would be a published author but that all changed when she committed to writing about her hometown of Plainfield.
The book, entitled Plainfield, is a pictorial history book that is now part of the Arcadia Publishing series “Images of America.”
“It seemed like a natural fit — local history is what I love working with every day and I thought this project was right up my alley,” Poray said.
The book will be available Oct. 22 and will retail for $21.99. It’s a 128-page softcover book filled with historic photographs of Plainfield taken throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Poray has worked as a historical and genealogy librarian for 21 years. She’s a Plainfield High School graduate and holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Taylor University and a master’s of library science from Indiana University.
She worked at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington for 10 years, moving back home to Plainfield when she and her husband, John, began their family.
“I was commuting to Bloomington every day,” Poray said. “I loved it there and still do, but when this job came open, I had to come back here.”
She’s now an integral member of the staff at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library. Poray serves as the manager of the Indiana Room.
The book project idea came from an e-mail originally sent to the Danville Public Library. Arcadia Publishing had started the Images of America series and was spreading the word to libraries all over the country.
“I thought it was a great idea and thought it would be really cool to do one on Plainfield,” she said.
The process included submitting a proposal and committing to having the project done during a set time period.
Poray went to the library director at the time, Edra Waterman, to see if she thought it would be a project the library would support. After receiving her blessing, she began working on the book in her off-hours, researching the photographs in the library’s collection.