I love to discover new things, and it’s even better if there are kids making the discovery alongside me. That’s why I’ve always been a reader and then channeled that love of reading and exploring into a career that allows me to spark and build those interests in others. I earned my Master of Library Science degree after having a blast as a volunteer mom in my kids’ school and dreaming of continuing that joy on a full-time basis. Now I get to connect with students over books, but also help build a foundation of research and critical thinking skills that will serve them all their lives.
How does a librarian choose? Other than my canned answer of “The one I’m reading right now,” recent favorites include current fiction: *Americanah* by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, classic fiction: Edna Ferber’s *So Big*, and YA nonfiction: *Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon* by Steve Sheinkin. But my husband is an author and his writing is always my absolute favorite.
Of course I’d love to time travel, fly and be invisible, but I think I would choose a superpower of speed reading. There are so many books for kids and adults that I have on my night stand (and desk, and floor, and …), I would love to have a way to read and enjoy them all!
Ben Franklin would be an interesting dinner guest. Not only would I gain insight into a fascinating time of our country’s history, he was a writer (and started one of our country’s first libraries!), inventor, early social justice advocate and world traveler. I’m sure he’d have great stories! But could Leonardo daVinci and Henri Matisse come too?
If I was stuck on a desert island, I would want some sing-along music like K.D. Lang and Lyle Lovett’s, great jazz (Miles Davis, Patricia Barber and Dave Brubeck) and lots of classical (today my picks are Dvorak, Beethoven, Barber and Verdi).
All the languages on Earth! In part because I love to travel and what better way to explore and experience new cultures than to chat with natives, but also because words hold a huge fascination for me. Imagine being able to recognize the etymology of words because you KNOW the roots!