I grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana, the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches is well known for its meat pies and plantation homes. My parents were Lester Philip and Josephine Levy Lieber. They owned a clothing store called Lieber's, Inc. which was located on Second Street. The store was founded by my grandfather, Mendel Lieber and uncle, Jacob Lieber.
I graduated from Natchitoches High School, a school in the Natchitoches Parish School System. In Louisiana, counties are called parishes because of the influence of the Catholic Church in the state. I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Science Secondary Education from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches and a Master of Science in Library Science degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have also taken courses in reading from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
I have been a library media specialist and third and fifth grade teacher in Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Virginia, as well as in Alabama. I retired from public education in 2003, taught for two years in private schools, and substitute taught for nine years.
I am married to William C. (Bill) Buchanan, who retired as Director of Learning Resources at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. We have one son, Charles Philip Buchanan, who is an editor in the Office of Periodicals and Publications at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Charles is married to the former Carrie Beth Gantt and we have one granddaughter, Anna Claire Buchanan.