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First comes a book, then comes love, then comes marriage

How a classic piece of literature brought one local couple together
As fellow bibliophiles we know how easy it is to fall in love with a good book. Ryan Zieman and Alexis Negy fell in love with a great book, a classic — and then they fell in love with each other.
The shy couple have known each other for years. Their parents went to high school together and they share the same social circle. Not too long ago, they struck up a conversation over text message about To Kill a Mockingbird. Their mutual adoration of the work made for easy conversation, and eventually led to a first date.
That first date happened in late January 2016. Just this past December in our Sacramento Room, with an original poem in-hand and surrounded by friends and family, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Alexis for her hand in marriage.
“She is hilarious and kind, and we both love to read,” Ryan explains. “It’s what has connected us.”
The wedding is set for next month. Alexis’ bouquet will be made from the pages of old books. Her father, Jeff Negy, will be there to offer his wisdom, maybe even this bit that he shared with Sacramento Public Library staff the day of the engagement:
“An elementary school teacher once told me that if you can read, you can do anything … maybe even fall in love.” 
The Sacramento Room is located in the original reference room of the 1918 Carnegie-funded City Library, on the second floor of our Central Library.
Photo of Ryan and Alexis provided by the sister-of-the-bride, Rachel Rebecca.

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