YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The queen of beach reads made a stop in the Mahoning Valley Thursday night.

Elin Hilderbrand was in town for a meet and greet at the newly opened Grand Reading Room at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

“This is a dream come true,” said Debbie Liptak, development director. “We’ve been wanting this for a very long time, to be able to have a sit-down dinner in this grand space with this beautiful ceiling and all of the amenities that are here at the library.”

Fans of the New York Times bestselling author enjoyed dinner, drinks, a question and answer session and a book signing with the writer.

Hilderbrand has written 28 novels in the summer romance genre during her career. Some of her popular titles include “Endless Summer,” “28 Summers” and “The Hotel Nantucket.” Most of her books take place around Nantucket Island.

She told us why she specifically does appearances at libraries.

“I do about 40 appearances a year and I always save some of them for libraries because, and I’ll talk about it tonight, my first sort of reading experience was at my elementary school library and it was so formative for me. I love to support my libraries and Youngstown was one of the ones I went to this year and I’m so excited,” Hilderbrand said.

This was one of the biggest events the library has done since the remodel. About 275 people were there.