Welcome to another edition of Humans of Libraryland, where I get to introduce you to some of the spectacular folks who work for your public library!
Is it true that we all turn into pumpkins when the library closes, like Cinderella's coach? (Well, no.) What about the thing where we have giant piles of books all over our homes mysteriously called TBR piles? (Uh... yes. That's "To Be Read." It's a well-known job hazard.)
This week we're chatting with Peggy, a super-awesome manager in the Northeast of the county who has the most adorable cats ever (which get featured on the Woodinville library's Facebook page from time to time). She's also a blogger for the library's website (you can see what she's written about here) and your number one resource for fantastic fantasy reading suggestions.
Say hello to Peggy, Assistant Operations Manager at Woodinville! *waves* Hi, Peggy!
Position: Assistant Operations Manager
How long have you been in your current position?
Just over six months.
How long have you worked in libraries? How long for KCLS?
I’ve worked at KCLS for over 12 years.
What are your job duties in a sentence or two?
I supervise an awesome team of Library Pages, hire and train new Pages, handle facilities and operations issues, work on scheduling staff, and really just jump in to do everything I can to support my staff and keep my branch running like clockwork. I also write rad blog posts for the KCLS website.
What is your favorite book? Why?
I don’t think I can pick one favorite, so here are a few titles that I really love. Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger is so funny and touching, and the author’s use of the epistolary format is just delightful.
A recent favorite is All the Birds in the Sky (available in these formats) by Charlie Jane Anders. It’s such a unique blend of fantasy and speculative science fiction, and the prose grabbed me in a way that prose rarely does.
Are you Team Book or Team eBook?
Team Book and Team Downloadable Audiobook.
In which Hogwarts house would the Sorting Hat place you?
Ravenclaw, for sure.
What’s something you’ve learned in the last week?
I just learned that a group of rabbits is called a fluffle. A fluffle!
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Why do you want to go there?
I’d love to visit Antarctica because I want to see penguins in the wild. I want to visit Phillip Island, Australia and Cape Town, South Africa for the same reason. I also really want view the northern lights in Iceland. Feel free to ask me about my other travel goals! There are many.
What song best describes you?
The background music to my life for the last couple of months was “Arabesque” by Nightwish, which is such a great song. (Track 7 on the album Imaginaerum - The Editor) I just did a dance performance to this song, so I was listening to it constantly before the show.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A penguinologist. (I get it. They're completely adorable. - The Editor)
If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would it be? Why?
My grandmother and my great-grandmother graduated from the same college on the same day in 1958. My grandma got her master’s degree and my great-grandma got her bachelor’s. The importance of learning and education was really strongly emphasized to me by my grandma and the rest of my family, so getting to share that graduation day with them would be really special.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
I love working with the staff in my branch and region. Our team is full of so many smart, creative, fun people. I also just love coming to work every day knowing that I get to help make the world a bit better by making the library happen.
Thanks for the chat, Peggy, you're awesome! And now I have to go place a hold on something by Juliet Marillier once I'm done looking at pictures of penguins.
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