What I do at the library: I staff our service desks, mostly on the second and third floors of the Main Library—although I have worked at different times at every library public service desk in Oak Park.

How I turn outward in my everyday work: I live in Oak Park and have kids in the school system, and I've been able to help a lot of my neighbors when they've come to the library—so people recognize me as someone they can ask about our services pretty much whenever we meet. I've had kids at the schools say to me, "You're the library guy!" which really makes me want to get a T-shirt with that printed on it.

My favorite "hidden library gem": I love the fireplace that we have in the Third Floor Silent Reading Room. I think it's so cozy and creates such a welcoming feeling here. I get surprised when I tell people about it and find that others don't know it's there. Please, come and enjoy!

My favorite thing about Oak Park: I love that Oak Parkers are so thoughtful and eager to make this a community that lives up to our ideals. We may not ever fully get there, may be pretty deeply flawed in fact, but we're always trying to make it better—living up to President Obama's call not so much to already be perfect as to make ours a "more perfect union."

What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: I'm reading Morrissey’s Autobiography, and his story is every bit as clever, biting, and charming as his singing.

I'm listening to David Bowie's latest compilation, Nothing Has Changed. That title is such a self-conscious contradiction of Bowie the chameleon.

Right now I'm working my way through season four of The Walking Dead—so I'm behind the current events as they're being aired (although I'm keeping ahead of my 9-year-old son, who has followed me into the world of zombie horror). Don't share any spoilers with me! I don't want to know!

(February 27, 2015)

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