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.
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 Carolyn and I am a reader; a true bibliophile. I don’t know when I learned to read or what children’s book I had my parents read to me over and over until I memorized it, but I do know the book that sparked my love of reading. It was Muggie Maggie, by Beverly Cleary. Ever since that fateful day, I have never been without a book. My handbag is always bulging with various pieces of reading material so I’m never without something to read. I enjoy sharing my passion for reading with others so a job at the library was a good fit. I have been an employee of the Louisville Free Public Library for seven years and am currently a clerk at the Crescent Hill Branch. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Humanities from Ohio Wesleyan University. I enjoy literary fiction, memoirs, poetry, essays, and short stories. I am infatuated with many things so this list is by no means complete : New York City, my cats, Edison and Leonard, Starbucks coffee, autumn, museums, baking, lists, coloring for adults, Mental Floss magazine, London, chocolate, bookstores, parks, education and words.
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.”
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 have traveled the path, within the LFPL system, of Page to Clerk to Children’s Librarian Assistant, and now Assistant Branch Manager/Children’s Librarian at the Shawnee Branch. I found working in a library satisfies the bibliophile, collector of vinyl records and coffee devourer in me. Most days I can be found at Shawnee Branch, sharing information with patrons who come in search of answers, a good book and a bit of technological direction.
Outside my library, I venture in the direction of local music venues, outdoor places and events that catch my attention. In my more quiet moments, my reading corners hold biographical graphic novels, Kentucky stories and genres of horror and tales of mystery/suspense.
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.
As an avid reader with eclectic tastes across the spectrum of fiction and non-fiction, I carry a book wherever I go. 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.