Hooksett Library Role: (or...where can you find me in the library usually?)
I’m the Adult and Information Services Librarian, and I like to roam from my desk in the back room. I order books and help people find whatever they are looking for, and organize adult programming at our library. If you have an idea, I’d love to hear about it!
My Reading Interests:
I consider myself an “eclectic reader” which is a fancy way to say I like everything. I always have a pile going and have finally gotten over my need to finish a book once I start it. Sometimes I read a chapter, or start halfway through as a “taste test,” but I always have a fiction audiobook going in cloudLibrary and several non-fiction books on my table. I like essays and memoirs, post-apocalyptic fiction, women’s and historical fiction, and self-help and crafting books. I also love YA and classics because I was a high school English teacher for many years.
Selected Poems for Young People by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
What are you reading or listening to now?
I am currently listening to The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, and I just finished a wonderful memoir called Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism by Elizabeth Tallent, and now I must go back to read her fiction from 20 years ago. Oh, and too many books, fiction and nonfiction, about the 1918 Flu. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner made me cry and kept me up way...too...late.
What HPL online resources do you use and recommend? Why?
cloudLibrary and Libby are my dear friends because I love listening to audiobooks when I’m doing housework, and Creativebug has a lot of inspirational and aspirational materials to look at!
Any words of advice for people using Libby or cloudLibrary for the first time?
Use both apps together, side by side to see what’s available. Or, even better, look up the titles you want in the library’s catalog to see all the available formats. Oh, and did you know there are magazines on Libby? Not as many as RBDigital, but it’s great to have options.
My Favorite/Recommended Reads: Key Genres: Audiobooks, Fiction, Memoirs, Nonfiction...