My name is Angelina (Angel) Justice and I’m a Youth Services Librarian Assistant at the Bon Air library. A fantastic manager realized the library and I would be a match made in heaven and recruited me. I am eternally grateful.
I have a background in literature, education and program facilitation; and, the library has been the perfect place for me to put all of those skills to work. I have always been an avid reader, but my time at the library has turned me into a literary omnivore. It’s hard to decide what to read, so I tend to have 4 or 5 books going at a time. I read across all ages and genres.
Connecting patrons to books is a singular joy. I love discussing characters, plots and the ideas that spring from them. So comment on a blog, come to a program or just stop by. I’d love to talk books with you.
Hello. My name is Damera (pronounced duh-meer-uh). Since 1996, I have been a Louisville Free Public Library employee. I started as a page at the Shawnee Branch. I worked as a clerk for the Crescent Hill, Middletown, and Main (in Content Management). Most recently, I was the Teen Services Library Assistant at the Newburg Branch Library and am currently the Children’s Librarian at the Okolona Branch. I have a Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville and a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the Florida State University.
When I’m not spending time with my husband and son, I like to settle down with a good book. My favorite books to read are Mysteries, Suspense, Teen Fiction, Urban Lit, True Crime Non-Fiction and of course, children’s fiction. I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of books and look forward to sharing with you some of my favorites.
Katherine is a Library Assistant at the Highlands-Shelby Park Branch. She likes a well-told story in any medium, from videogames to opera to novels. She doesn’t always read books, but when she does, she likes non-fiction and comic books. Onychophora, or the Velvet Worms, are distant relatives of crustaceans, but with a plush cuddly exterior that belies their predatory habits.
I began working in a school library at seven years old, I dusted the shelves. I later terrorized a variety of library staff at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, until they were happy to see me leave. My retribution was to become a children’s librarian. In the last thirty odd years, I have worn every hat from page to branch manager, in libraries, but my favorite hat is the one I wear now serving children and teens. I am a storyteller by nature, so for me the heart of a book is its plot. It has to tell a good believable tale. Secondly its voice, the writing, has to hold my attention, which is probably why I gravitate towards books for the under twenty crowd. They are a hard bunch to flim flam.
My main fare is literature for children’s and teens, while on occasion I do pick up a book for grown-ups if it is one that some of my teens are gravitating towards, usually it has more than a pinch of sci-fi fantasy elements. So, surprise, surprise my favorite genre is sci-fi fantasy materials; but I do read out and out horror (i.e. zombies) mysteries, paranormal (ghosts) and a touch of contemporary. Technology is starting to creep into our world of literature, which I love, and so I spend time reading and listening to books on a Kindle and an iPad. In the last year or so, it has also started making inroads into how we read/see books. A couple of my favorites actually come to life on the pages when you pair the book and an iPad. My personal collection of books at home range from some 1930’s Nancy Drew up to and including James Patterson’s “Confessions of a Murder Suspect.”
I’m Laura and my idea of happiness is a mystery novel where a body is discovered in a bog. Even better is when the mystery has some history involved, like, say, the Viking era. Even better than that is when the mystery is set someplace really far away, like the Shetland Islands or southern Thailand. I love a book that makes me feel like I’ve been somewhere else and that makes me want to learn more about the time and place it’s set in. I love a mystery because it wraps up neatly at the end, unlike life.
When I’m not reading mysteries, I work at the Main Library. Before Main, I’ve worked at the Bon Air, Middletown, Iroquois and Fern Creek branches. Another thing I do when I’m not reading mysteries is read other kinds of books, like young adult, historical fiction, horror and the occasional Serious Adult Book.
Each retail store decides what type of music to play over head. Most pick soothing tunes that will provide an enjoyable shopping experience. But it was right around the holiday season – when I was going on over ten years as an employee of a large retail book company – that an in-store play CD of nothing but cats ‘singing’ different Christmas songs helped me decide that my time in retail was over. There’s only so much meowing of ‘Jingle Bells’ one can take.
I have since found a home with the Louisville Library system, working as a children’s librarian at the Westport, St. Matthews, Shively, and Southwest branches. I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, from YA literature to non fiction adult material.
I am currently a Children’s Services Library Assistant at the Highlands-Shelby Branch, which is also where I started my career with LFPL as a page in 2011. I have also worked at both the Western and Shively-Newman branches. I received my BA in English Literature from the University of Louisville in 2009 and will be graduating from the University of Kentucky in May 2015 with an MS in Library Science.
I have been an avid reader all my life and enjoy a variety of genres. I am mildly obsessed with cookbooks (particularly of the vegan variety) and teen fantasy novels. However, I do venture into the realm of adult fiction of all varieties, particularly those set in the United Kingdom, and am also apt to curl up with an engaging memoir. When not reading I love knitting, exploring the great outdoors, and copious amounts of earl gray tea, all of which can easily be enjoyed while listening to audiobooks.
Helping people wherever I go from Louisville to another state is my passion, along with reading. In 2010, I began serving the Iroquois community as a Page and currently hang my hat at Shively-Newman as Adult Reference Library Assistant along with helping in Teen Services.
I cannot say there is a genre preference I have because the literary world is vast and continuously growing. Ender’s Game was one particular work earlier last year I read for the first time and was enjoyable especially on audiobook with a full speaking cast. I’ve always found biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies to be quite enjoyable learning about people’s lives and how each one of us has a different story to tell.
When not serving in the mission field of libraries, I spend time with my “little buddy” Shank, at my parent’s house on occasion and socializing with friends feeding my coffee habit.
As the son of a retired public elementary school librarian, I have grown up surrounded by books, captivated by their myriad characters and stories. Progressing through my education, I continued to spend an ever greater amount of time in libraries, culminating in my working for the Louisville Free Public Library beginning in 2001. Graduating from the University of Kentucky with my Masters of Library and Information Science in 2004, my first assignment as an official librarian was the Crescent Hill Branch, where I continue my work today. Counted among my most favorite duties here are readers advisory and the book discussion group. Although I have read mainly nonfiction in the past, my diet of fiction has steadily increased and continues to do so as time goes by.
I recently began my career with the Louisville Free Public Library in January of 2014 as the Assistant Branch Manager of the Okolona Branch. I graduated in May of 2013 with a Master of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. My previous background is in both biology and chemistry. I can never remember a time when I wasn’t an avid reader. I still recall summer reading at the St. Matthews Branch when I was in elementary school.
My favorite books to read are normally in the science fiction genre or teen fiction. Since studying in London, I have also developed a passion for historical non-fiction as well. I’m delighted to provide you reviews of some of my favorite books in a multitude of genres!
Hello, I am Tony. Currently I am a Library Assistant at the Main Branch. As an avid reader with eclectic tastes across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction, I carry a book wherever I go. History, pop culture, science fiction, and horror are my current faves. Since I moderate LFPL’s Graphic Novel Discussion Group I read a lot of comics, too.
By the way, the Graphic Novel Discussion Group meets at the Main Library on the second Monday of every month. If you would like more information about the Group, feel free to call me at (502) 574-1611.
Valerie is currently the Manager of the Iroquois Branch.