Hello and welcome back to Humans of Libraryland, where I have the pleasure to interview some of the good folks who work for your library system and get the juicy details on their lives!
By now you've heard from lots of folks who do all sorts of jobs at the library, but did you know that we have substitute library people, too? Yes, just like schools have substitute teachers! This week we're talking with a particularly awesome person who works for the library as a substitute while they put themselves through school. Please give a great big hello to Christina!
Name: Christina F.
Position: I’m an external Library Technical Assistant substitute.
How long have you been in your current position?
I’m the worst with dates, but I believe I went from being a library page to an LTA sub three years ago? Something like that.
How long have you worked for KCLS?
I was a page in high school at the Snoqualmie library for half a year, and then I came back in 2013 when I moved back from college.
What are your job duties in a sentence or two?
I’m the front line of library services – I give out library cards, do circulation (Check-in, check-out, and related services. -The Editor), answer questions, help people with computers, that kind of stuff.
What is your favorite book? Why?
Redwall by Brian Jacques. I started reading the Redwall series in fourth grade, and even though I explore different genres and authors as I get older, I'll always come back to the original Redwall. It has all of the things I love - fantasy, puzzles, mystery, characters who are full of life, and the message that the good and the brave will always prevail.
Are you Team Book or Team eBook?
In the words of that little girl from those El Paso taco commercials – ¿Porque no los dos? But personally, I listen to audiobooks more than I read.
In which Hogwarts house would the Sorting Hat place you?
Ravenclaw but with some shades of Hufflepuff.
What is something you’ve learned in the last week?
When I shop at Lush, there’s no point in making a budget. I’ll go over and have no regrets every time.
What’s the last book, movie, or TV show that made you cry?
Avengers: Infinity War. No spoilers, but if you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? Why do you want to go there?
My dream is to visit all fifty states and do something to make memories in each of them. I’ve only been to a couple of states as an adult and most of my experiences have been in airports. I want to travel everywhere, but the United States is so big and I’ve only seen the tiniest fraction of it. Besides, staying in the country means I don’t have to go through the hassle of getting visas and taking an insanely long plane ride.
If money was no object, what would you do all day long?
Go road-tripping with my friends, play video games, and take many naps.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
In no particular order, the President, a lawyer, an actor, a novelist, and a doctor.
What song best describes you?
"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga (Track two on her album of the same name - The Editor). I'm non-binary, which is not something people understand, and a lack of understanding -- and lack of willingness to understand -- leaves me feeling very unwelcome in the world. "Born This Way" is an awesome jam that helps me feel better when that happens.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Why?
I wish I could witness the first time humans land on Mars, and I'm hopeful that it will happen in my lifetime if we invest in science and technology. I wasn't alive to see the moon landing, and it would be cool to see that kind of step forward in human history.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
It’s such a cliché, but I really do like helping people, even if helping someone find a particular book isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
Any plans for the summer?
Taking a break! As much of one as I can, anyway. I finished my first year at Seattle University School of Law in early May, and I'm now interning at the Unemployment Law Project. I'm looking forward to a couple of months without classes and being able to spend more time in the library!
Thanks for the chat, Christina! It sounds like you're doing fantastic in law school and I hope you're having a restful summer. Happy Pride month, too!
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