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.
I am Catherine Braganza. I am a Children’s Librarian at the Main Library. I have worked in libraries for the last 14 years. I serve on the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards committee for the Preschool Category and I select the children’s chapter books for LFPL.
My reading habits tend to ebb and flow and sometimes falter. I’ve taken seasons of rest but always return looking for a good story. I will read almost anything but I cannot say no to a book that makes me think, spins a good story, or has characters that hold onto my soul. I also enjoy poetry that creates a lasting impression. I enjoy a challenge with lots of nuance and unexpected layers.
I find real life is sometimes the most interesting and I read non-fiction as well as fiction. The way we see our world and the way our stories weave together is both delicate and emphatic and heartbreaking and inspiring.
My favorite book is An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser. It has murder, romance, mystery, and a society desperate for the American dream. It’s a story of social and economic clashes and the downfall that comes with being drunk with upward mobility.
I have been a librarian at the Main library for 20 years. I began working as a library page at the St. Matthews branch. I am a Louisville native and have lived here most of my life.
My mother was a Technical Librarian. She read books to me when I was a child. I grew up reading Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, A Child’s Garden of Verses, and A Space Child’s Mother Goose. In grade school the elementary school librarian had to pry me away from the non-fiction books in order to get me to read fiction. As a teenager, I read so many Nancy Drew mysteries that I ran out of room for them all and gave them to others to read. At home I often just read through all of our Compton’s Encyclopedia. In high school I could always be found reading in the library. Most of what I read now are non-fiction books but I occasionally enjoy a good fantasy.
I have three cats and my favorite hobbies are genealogy and gardening.
I am the Manager of the Middletown Library and for as long as I can remember I have loved to read! Mysteries and non-fiction, particularly history, are my favorites, but I dabble in everything from YA/teen to science and nature writing to romance. I also love to read cookbooks just for fun. Outside of the library I like to bake, knit, hang out with my family, and get outside to enjoy Louisville’s amazing parks.
Katherine is a Librarian at the Shawnee Branch. She likes a well-told story in any medium, from video games 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 have traveled 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 different 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.
Hello! My name is Noah Park, I currently work as a Library Assistant at the Bon Air branch. I’ve been with LFPL since 2014, working as a Page, Clerk, and Courier before this. I’ve chosen to work for the library as a perfect medium between education and community service. Providing access to whoever would like it brings me comfort in this fast-paced society we have found ourselves in.
When not answering reference questions, I’m usually listening to or playing music, trying to add another piece to the puzzle that is Wolf Peach. The remainder of my biology is comprised of an obsession with anime, watching Super Mario 64 Speedruns, and fantasizing about getting good deals on quality used cars. I’m always happy to chat about any of these things.
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 both moderate LFPL’s Graphic Novel Discussion Group, as well as select graphics for teens and adults, I read tons of comics, too.
Unfortunately, the Graphic Novel Discussion Group is not currently holding meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A cheerful Adult Services Library Assistant, Valerie works at Newburg Library and devours books of all kinds, although lately they’ve been best at actually finishing ebooks, much to their dismay (all Books are Books but the physical ones smell nice). As far as subject matter goes, they read everything from bright picture books, children’s comics, and a wide array of teen fiction, to poetry, science fiction (science fiction!!), social histories, and biography/memoirs; Their absolute favorites are optimistic speculative fiction novels with queer protagonists exploring The Final Frontier (tm) or even just living a fun life aboard a space station. Not to be caught without their bag of emergency confetti, they love giving a good reader’s advisory (ie, book recommendations), so feel free to give them your requirements for your dream book, and if they don’t already know of something that fits, they’ll hunt high and low for a recommendation that does! In their spare time they play videogames, much to the annoyance of their pets, and try to coax another new leaf out of their houseplants.