Book signing event with local author Florence Ann Romano June 9

  • Build Your Village by Florence Ann Romano

    Build Your Village by Florence Ann Romano Courtesy of Beyond Words Publishing

Updated 4/28/2023 3:22 PM

Portland, Oregon: We're all familiar with the saying "it takes a village." Most often understood to mean that for children to grow in a safe and healthy environment, they need to feel supported by an entire community.

But the same is true for everyone -- in every stage of life. In fact, our health is inextricably tied to the love and support we receive from others.


Since 2020, there have been countless articles indicating the grave impact of loneliness. Studies are finding that those with a rich social life are living longer than those without a strong support system.

From personal growth strategist and author Florence Ann Romano, Build Your Village shares not only how important the need for community is to our overall happiness and well-being, but it also serves as a step-by-step guide (complete with gut checks, action steps, and exercises) on how to dispel isolation and build meaningful and lasting connections.

"A versatile title that is relevant for many individual life situations. Excellent for libraries from big cities to rural towns." -- Reviewed by Elizabeth Chandler, April 1, Library Journal

Join local author Florence Ann Romano for a meet-and-greet and book signing event this June 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. CST at the Oakbrook Center Barnes & Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

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Everyone needs a village. Now it's time to go and find yours.

Florence Ann Romano is an author, philanthropist, businesswoman, personal growth strategist, and village and childcare advocate with a sparkling personality. With an eye for marketing, Romano flourishes as both an advisor for and the vice president of business strategy for Yakkety Yak. Florence Ann is a proud member of the board of directors at the Children's Research Fund as well as Female Strong. She is also a founding member of Sesame Street's Leadership Council. After spending more than fifteen years as a childcare provider, during which she was known as the Windy City Nanny, Romano is the authority on childcare and family support in this new millennium and has more than five hundred media appearances discussing these topics. For more information, visit

Build Your Village (978-1-58270-886-7) released from Beyond Words on February 21. Media inquiries and questions can be directed to Brennah Hermo at

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