With a love of the written word, it was only natural that Solberg would get her master's degree in literature and become a high school English teacher.
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Solberg said she has always been drawn to bookstores, especially small independents.
"When I decided to leave teaching to raise our children, I found myself on the local library board with Nora's husband, Bruce Wilder," the Boonsboro resident recalled. "We hit it off and that turned into just the kind of part-time job that fit my schedule at the time."
Over the years, Solberg became more involved in the operation of the store, including planning the numerous book signing events, leading the store's book club, maintaining the Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb subscription service and working hard to promote the Shop Local movement in the community.
She has learned to wear many hats at Turn the Page — from coffee maker to event organizer. But all aspects of the job are rewarding, she said.
Solberg especially is proud of the Turn the Page Book Club, which, she said, "has been a real joy to me. We meet faithfully on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. We don't bother with food or wine, which I know is rare, but we devour our books and have wonderfully lively discussions. About once a year, we try to work in a book where I can have the author attend the meeting and join in the discussion with us. Aside from being interesting, this is a learning opportunity for the reader and the author."
The longest standing tradition at the store is the book signings featuring Roberts and at least five other authors. The events typically draw several hundred people.
"Our job is to connect readers with writers and our book signings are a consistent way for us to accomplish this," she said. "A reader may come for one author, but find herself introduced to a new love."
While the store carries a wide genre of books and welcomes requests from customers, romance remains one of the most popular reads, she said, especially with all of the subgenres of romance — historical, paranormal, classic romance, contemporary, magic and more.
Many of the authors of those books develop a special relationship with Turn the Page, she said. Some start out as customers and contact the store when they have written a book. Others call and ask to sign stock.
When she's not reading or working with books, Solberg said she enjoys community service.
"I'm on the Boonsboro Town Council and serve as co-chair for the Boonsboro Green Fest," she said. "When I carve out enough time, I enjoy creating pottery and have a small pottery shed in the old summer kitchen behind our home."
Solberg said she's come a long way from "The Toothpaste Millionaire" — even though she did track down the book and now carries it in the young reader section of Turn the Page "as a reminder of how reading really does open doors."
Today, "it's mostly literary fiction for me," she said. "But, like clockwork, every few books I get itchy for a good romance. And I know just where to find one."