What I do at the library: I am a librarian in Adult and Teen Services and work primarily with adult digital literacy. I help with the learning labs and will be teaching classes on various technology related topics. You will most likely find me on the second- or third-floor services desks, where I will be happy to help you find a item or download a digital library item, and answer your questions.
How I turn outward: I am currently working on forming partnerships with local organizations in an effort to help bridge the digital divide. I am interested in going out and reaching new people and groups who might not realize that the library can help with technology literacy as well as traditional services.
My favorite "hidden library gem": The artwork is fantastic. I love walking around the building and admiring all of the interesting pieces on each floor. I think that they make the building feel more comfortable and inviting. I really enjoy checking out the exhibits in the gallery each month too.
Something I love about Oak Park: The people! Oak Park is such a culturally diverse and thriving community, and even through just my interactions at the library I can tell how much people care about each other and the community.
What I’m reading now: I am currently reading Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, about a famous soprano in the Paris Opera with a hidden past that could take down her career, and Invincible Summer by Alice Adams, about a group of friends who grow up and apart together (similar to Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings, which I highly recommend). I am also listening to Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, a coming-of-age story of a young woman who moves to New York after college and lands a coveted job at a famous restaurant.
What I'm listening to now: I am currently listening to Prince's Purple Rain (after watching the movie at Millennium Park this summer), and I am always listening to Beyonce's Lemonade.
What I'm watching now: I am currently watching an insane amount of The Great British Bake Off, which has spawned many kitchen creations of my own! I am also watching Chef's Table, Wallander, and Outlander. I just finished Stranger Things and highly recommend it!
(August 29, 2016)