I am currently an adult library assistant at the main library. Before that I worked as a clerk at the Southwest. The same library that I not only started as a page but spent many summer readings as a child. My mother started me reading at an early age to the point that I was reading on my own at four. By early elementary school I had read my way through the first twenty Boxcar Children mysteries. I then discovered Nancy Drew and The Little House books. My love of mysteries and historical fiction was born. Which is easy to see while I will read just about anything mysteries and historical fiction remain my go to read.
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.
Children’s librarian, consume books, caffeine and glitter. Also…butter pecan ice cream, all things Paris, culture, yoga, museums, art deco, wanderlust, libraries, napping during the day on a made bed, banana bread, self-discovery, crosswords, kaleidoscopes, thunderstorms, my cat Stanley, doodles, Nutella, blueberry muffins, black nail polish, shimmering afternoon light, bookstores, bubbles, confetti, henna, purple tights, flea markets and thrift stores, jigsaw puzzles, New York Times Book Review section and a cup of coffee with LOTS of cream, avocados, the vastness of the ocean, snow, paper crafts, and sunsets.
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 have travelled the path, within the Library system, as a Page to now Assistant Branch Manager at the St. Matthew’s branch. Most days I can be found around the library, sharing information with folks who come in search of answers, a good book, and a bit of technological direction. I find working at the Library to not only my ideal job but the opportunity to engage with people from a backgrounds and cultures.
Outside my library, I venture in the direction of local music venues, outdoor spaces and events involving the local art scene. In my more quiet moments, my reading corners hold biographies, a selection of autographed pieces and a row of books on professional wrestling entertainment. Most times I read books that are not part of the mainstream reading culture featuring the element of gritty suspense along with horror. There never goes a day where I do not have a book in my hand prepared to read. Not a day goes by where a book or musician is introduced in my life to check out.
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.
LIBRARY ASSISTANT for 15 years at Main Library after 2 1/2 years at the Iroquois Branch.
My interests are hiking with friends, watching sports, listening to music, reading, writing, and thinking in solitude.
My taste in music is wide, but my favorites are Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, The Kinks, The Stones, The Beatles, and all of Alex Chilton’s bands.
My taste in literature consists mostly of dead people: The Beats (even the living ones), Thomas Wolfe, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and a wide variety of poets. I also read a lot of Biographies these days when my mind is too scattered to focus on fiction. Mostly, they are about writers, Rock and Rollers, and occasionally a sports team or player.
My addictions are Maxwell House Colombian Coffee, International Delight White Chocolate Macadamia Creamer, books (both reading and gathering.), and blasting The Stones’ Exile on Main St or Lou Reed’s Take No Prisoners. I consider Lou Reed’s Berlin the best way to get back into reality.
I carry a book wherever I go, beginning and end of story. But in the middle, I like to talk about books. 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.