In Your Librarians’ Words

“The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff”.

–Timothy Healy (Former President of the New York Public Library 1989-1992).

We invite you to learn a bit more about the friendly faces that make your Oscar Grady Library the place for you to be.

 

What’s Your Name? Debra Jo.

How long have you been working at the library?

I’m a “newbie”.  I began working at Oscar Grady Library in July of 2017.

However, this is my childhood library; I grew up one block down the street. My favorite part of summertime as a kid was the Summer Reading program.

What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite book because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so many! Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery was hands- down my favorite book as a teenager. Anne’s spunk and tenacity was quite the inspiration to me. Her constant escapades kept me turning the pages.

Most often I choose fiction to read in my spare time. Currently, in order to shake life up a bit, I’m reading a piece of non-fiction.  In Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author writes about his life and experiences as an African American man. Coates shares his observations and thoughts on why so many individuals in the black community live in fear.  Simultaneously, he examines the version of history many of us have been taught and builds a case for reparations for African Americans.   I find this book poignant and very relevant to the current national social and political climate.

What is the best thing about working at the library?

So many things make this a wonderful job!  Jen our director, my fellow staff, and the patrons provide a sense of family that cannot be found at all jobs. I am grateful for the focus on community involvement as well as the variety of groups and programming that are integral to Oscar Grady Library. Serving the public, sharing knowledge, and building relationships are all crucial to my personal happiness; I am able to engage in all of these as a library staff member.

The cherry on top is how quickly my “To Read” list has grown.

——————————————————————————————————————————–

IMG_3785

What’s Your Name? Hope

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? I have worked at the library since 2012.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley (first in the Flavia de Luce mystery series)

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, no matter their age or genre preference. It’s the story of an 11 year old girl, Flavia de Luce, who lives in a small village in England in the 1950s. She is a budding detective who loves chemistry and torturing her two older sisters (who pay her back in kind as often as possible). The characters are superbly written and the plot is most engaging. Flavia is so clever and enterprising, she is sure to entertain everyone who reads this book. I’ve recommended this series many times over the years and I’ve never had anyone come back and tell me they did not enjoy it.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

For me the most enjoyable part of working at the library is being the first person to handle new materials as they come in. I buy for some of our collections and there is nothing I love more than unpacking boxes of new books and DVDs and preparing them to be circulated to our patrons. I get to cover each new book before it circulates and I love putting an unblemished, tidy book into circulation for the first time.

—————————————————————————————————————————

FullSizeRender-1(1)

What’s Your Name? Jason

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library?  I started at the end of 2013.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

I really enjoyed “Heat” by Mike Lupica and “Maniac” McGee by Jerry Spinelli.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I do like the DVDs, Books and Audio Books and CD rentals.

—————————————————————————————————————————

FullSizeRender-1What’s Your Name? Jen

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? I have worked at the library since 2010.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt.

This novel was more to me than the Pulitzer Prize for literature, it was a beautifully written love letter to great art, it explores in depth the heart and fear of a child whose mother is lost in the terrorist bombing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the problems of the foster care system and its affects directly on the American child and the beautiful resolve of the human spirit. This novel is a journey; a birth to death novel, something not many authors are able to accomplish in their lifetime. Donna Tartt has put forth a literary and artistic masterpiece.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I love that things are always changing. Technology changes, or advances, and the library is right in step with it and we’re all learning something new, some new skill. Genre preferences change, and the library is right there, ready to offer the new zombie apocalypse or teen vampire romance, or heavily researched Egyptology non-fiction title. I love how the library is constantly a living, evolving, changing service to our community.

—————————————————————————————————————————

FullSizeRender-1(4)What’s Your Name? Julie

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? I have worked at the library since 2011.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones.

“Follow your enthusiasm. It’s something I’ve always believed in. Find those parts of your life you enjoy the most. Do what you enjoy doing”._ Jim Henson.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I enjoy planning and hosting children’s programming. It’s a creative outlet and gives me plenty of opportunities to connect with the community.

—————————————————————————————————————————

IMG_3893What’s Your Name? Kristen
How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? I have worked at the library since 2014.
Tell us what’s your favorite book?
I have very fond memories of reading the poems in “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein with my parents when I was a child.  Now that I am a mother, I read these poems to my children and I see them delighted by Silverstein’s imaginative poems and drawings.  I think Where the Sidewalk Ends is a classic children’s book that parents can share with their children.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I love helping our patrons find books that they’ll love to read themselves or with their children. The diverse interests of our patrons is what makes my job fun and interesting, and I enjoy learning more about great books from different genres from them.

—————————————————————————————————————————

IMG_3787What’s Your Name? Lynn

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? I have worked here since 1997.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

The book “Left to Tell” by Immaculee Ilibagiza left a very strong impression with me. It is a true story of grace filled forgiveness, love and healing after unimaginable cruelty.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I feel very blessed to be employed at the library and what I am most thankful for is the library patrons and staff. The patrons fill my days with joy. I have had the pleasure of watching families grow up and reaching milestones like starting kindergarten, driving cars, going to college, getting married and starting families of their own. All this in an environment of knowledge and entertainment. I also see our friendly staff working diligently to bring programs, events and innovations like the digital media lab to our patrons. It is a pleasure to work at the library and I consider this job a great gift.

—————————————————————————————————————————

IMG_3964What’s Your Name? Martín

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? Since August of 2015.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

I have many favorites but the first one I do remember to have left a mark was Alive, by Piers Paul Read. I read it for the first time when I was 10 years old. It tells the story of members of a Uruguayan rugby team trying to make it out of the Andes, after the plane in which they were traveling crashed into the mountains. It’s a story about the human spirit to survive and overcome difficulty that I read more than once.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

I do like a lot the working environment which is really friendly, both my co-workers and patrons have been and are really nice. Also, since I started working here, I been assigned to work as part of a team dedicated to the cataloging and digital preservation of an incredible amount of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, etc, related to the Village of Saukville, that were donated to our Library as part of the Jim & John Peterson Collection. Since I am very passionate about history and photography, my involvement in this project has been one of the highlights of my life this year.

—————————————————————————————————————————

IMG_3839What’s Your Name? Rita

How long you have been working at the Oscar Grady Library? Since the beginning of 2015.

Tell us what’s your favorite book?

My favorite book is “Little Women”, by Louisa May Alcott (1868). It is a book I fell in love with as a young girl, and it is a book I continue to love today. It is a warm story about a family of four girls, whose father is away, serving in the Civil War. Like many sisters, they could not be more different from each other and still be related. Yet, they still love and appreciate each other fiercely. What appeals to me about this book, is the fact that the sisters have different goals for their lives, yet the author shows respect for their choices and tells a complex, and nonjudgmental story about each sister’s decisions. Although written in 1868, Little Women, to me, seems somewhat modern, in that each sister, in general, chooses her own destiny.

If you read “Little Women” and are looking for another book that revolves around a loving family, albeit a nontraditional family, try “Anne of Green Gables”, by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908). It is also a story that is beloved by young and mature readers alike.

What is it that you like the most about being employed at the library?

My favorite thing about working at Oscar Grady Public Library is the people. Everyone here: the director, Jen Gerber, the staff and the patrons are all very nice. I feel very lucky to work in such a positive environment.