A Day in the (Reading) Life of the Library

A visit around the library, talking to staff about what they’re reading.


Mary Kling, Volunteer Coordinator

The Human Stain by Philip Roth. It’s about a professor in an east coast college who hasn’t made a lot of friends. As he calls the roll in his class to learn names, he makes an innocent comment that is misconstrued and leads to his downfall.

Lea Hernandez-Solis, Office Coordinator

Travel books. We’re going to Peru at the end of March.

Susan Arden, Technology Associate

I’m reading books for Mission Impossible, a library book group. We meet at the Celtic Knot at my lunch time (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) every two months and talk about Dostoevsky. We just finished The Brothers Karamazov and we’ve started Crime and Punishment. The group is an incentive to keep reading.

Jill Schacter, Community Engagement Coordinator

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I really like this book. It’s about an African American family in Atlanta, a newly married couple. Out of nowhere, the husband is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit.  A tragic example of how multiple lives are impacted by an unjust imprisonment.

Russ Johnson, Adult Services Librarian

Crime and Punishment—I coordinate Mission Impossible and lead five of the discussion groups. On my own, I’m reading Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan. It’s very funny. It’s the misadventures of Misha, the son of the 1,200th richest man in Russia. It’s very satirical.

Jamie Thome, Substitute Library Associate

I’m reading three books: Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein, and Soulpancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions, by a website group about creativity. I also just started Never Coming Back, a mystery thriller by Alison McGhee.

Brian Wilson, Children’s Librarian

I’m reading mostly children’s books—we’re working on the 101 Top Children’s Books of 2018. So I’m reading The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis and The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor. My favorite picture books of the year so far are Hello, Hello by Brendan Wenzel and They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki.

Charmeise Jackson, Library Assistant

I’m reading A Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld, about a teenager who can communicate with ghosts. Also A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.


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