What I do at the library: As Neighborhood Services Librarian, my responsibilities include everything from school visits and storytimes to facilitating community-focused programming and fostering greater engagement both inside and outside of the library. Listening and responding to community member needs and aspirations is the name of the game!
 
How I turn outward in my everyday work: I'm very excited to be coordinating our first season of Book Bike mobile services, which will allow us to extend our resources and programming beyond the library walls in a fun, ecologically friendly way! I'm looking forward to hitting the streets and meeting Oak Parkers where they are so we can build stronger connections, share public knowledge, and increase access to library materials.
 
My favorite "hidden library gem": Perhaps because I have bikes on the brain, the first thing that came to mind is that you can check out bike locks with your library card when visiting the branches! Not too many people know about this, but now that it's bike season, it can be a helpful "gem" when you're making a quick pit stop for summertime reads!
 
My favorite thing about Oak Park: There are many things I could say for this one, but the place I keep coming back to (literally) is The Buzz Cafe. Their friendly atmosphere, coffee, and organic chicken salad pitas have been game changers before and after library shifts since I joined Maze Branch two years ago. Thanks for keeping me fueled for fun, Buzz! 
 
What I’m reading, listening to, and watching now: My commute to Oak Park from Chicago gives me just enough time to really dig into some great audiobooks. Right now, I'm on the last disc of the National Book Award finalist Station Eleven, which I will be sorry to finish! Other favorites to listen to (rather than just read) include B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and More Stories, Tina Fey's Bossypants, and Amy Poehler's Yes Please, because each author/humorist reads their own book and more often than not calls in some celebrity friends for guest reader cameos—everyone from Rainn Wilson and Julianne Moore to Carol Burnett and Seth Meyers! I recommend any of these if you need a good chuckle to break up the commuter blues.
 
(June 5, 2015)