Humans of Libraryland: Ms. Pam in the Great Outdoors

Welcome back to another edition of Humans of Libraryland, where you can learn a little more about the people who work at your public library. 

This week we get to spend some quality time with an amazing librarian who works with kids and families in the Northeast part of the county. You may have seen her around town during the Global Reading Challenge. Say hello to Pam Lo, Children's Services Librarian at Redmond Library. Hi Pam!

How long have you been in your current position?

Four years.

How long have you worked in libraries?

I've worked for KCLS for 15 years and at more than 10 libraries! I was a Library Technical Assistant for eight years; then in 2012, I became a Public Service Assistant (PSA). I was in the first PSA class!

What are your job duties in a sentence or two?

As a children's librarian, I promote literacy for children from infants to 12th graders delivering story times and different types of programs. I also participate in community outreach activities and make public presentations.

What’s your favorite book?

I love to read nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs. Reading peoples' life stories encourages me. These books offer hope, lessons, and the history of that moment in peoples' lives. Here are some of my favorites:

1.Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

2.My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

3.The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?

I enjoy walking with my fourteen-year-old yorkie, reading, hiking, sailing, and RV camping. My husband and I hike almost every weekend -rain or shine.

I also played a traditional Chinese instrument called the guzheng 古箏 for many years. I hope to pick it up again soon. (Note from the blogger: If you want to hear what a guzheng sounds like, check out this solo performance from YouTube.)

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

I have visited many international cities such as Bangkok, London, Paris, Tokyo, and of course Taipei where I went to college. Since my birthday is the same month as Mozart and I listen to his music every morning, I am saving Mozart's birthplace (Salzburg, Austria) for my big birthday trip coming up in a few years.

Where is your happy place?

I love oceans and seashores. Taking ferry rides and going to lighthouses are my favorite things to do besides hiking. I have been on almost every publicly-operated ferry in Washington. Recently I took up sailing and I've visited almost every island in the Puget Sound. My next trip is to sail the Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea.

Do you have a song that makes you want to sing and/or dance every time you hear it?

ABBA's original hits from Mamma Mia! The energy in this album is my best companion when I need to clean my house.

Who are your heroes, fictional and/or real?

My parents. They have limited school education because of WWII, but they managed to send all six children for higher education and had the vision to encourage us to explore and to see the world. They supported us with unconditional love. They also had a long and loving marriage that they went through good and tough times together.

What talent would you most like to have?

I wish I could play piano like a professional. Both of my children learned piano and still play. Being there with them and watching them play piano all those years is a wonderful memory.

If you could try out any career other than your current one, what would it be?

I love working in the library so there are not really any other careers that I would like to try, but I have always enjoyed travel and writing. Travel blogger sounds like a fun thing to do.

Thanks for chatting with me, Pam! It sounds to me like you've had some really great adventures in your life, with more on the way.

Do you have a question for your library staff? Know someone who you think ought to be featured? Let me know in the comments!