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 heart-breaking 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.
Children’s librarian, consume books, caffeine and glitter. Also…butter pecan ice cream, Paris, culture, museums, art deco, wanderlust, libraries, napping during the day on a made bed, banana bread, self-discovery, crosswords, kaleidoscopes, thunderstorms, my cat Stanley, Nutella, blueberry muffins, black nail polish, shimmering afternoon light, bookstores, bubbles, confetti, flea markets and thrift stores, jigsaw puzzles, all things Marvel, New York Times Book Review section and a cup of coffee with LOTS of cream, the vastness of the ocean, snow, and sunsets.
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 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.
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. Fortunately, I’ve found the opportunity to host The Louisville MixTape: Music Discussion Group to bring the library and music worlds together. I hope to educate the public on Louisville’s rich music history while also being able to listen to some rad tunes on a Saturday.
The remainder of my biology is comprised of an anime obsession. Most of my days start and end with at least an hour’s worth of quality programming. Whether its a tear-jerking drama, a silly slice-of-life, or an exciting adventure, it is those stories that thrill me and keeps me wanting more.
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 and select graphics for children, teens, and adults, I read tons 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.