Jane credits her love of reading to her mother and her childhood library in southeastern Michigan. Passion became livelihood when she started selling books in 1994. A year later, she began working at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier and has happily been the children’s book buyer since 2006. She has also served as a tutor, teaching ESL in Colorado, and with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education.

For five years she served on the board of Planting Hope, which is based in Montpelier, VT and La Chispa, Nicaragua. They built a rural library in La Chispa in 2002 and a preschool in Pueblo Viejo in 2004.