What kind of books do you like to read? Any favorite authors?
Oh, that’s a toughie! I read all over the library and back again, from children’s to YA to Fiction and Non-Fiction. If I had to narrow it down to just a handful of favorite authors, I would have to put Tad Williams for Fantasy. I loved his book series “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” every bit as much as any Tolkien work, and that’s saying a lot. Another favorite is C.S. Forester for his Horatio Hornblower books. In Children’s, you can never go wrong with Eric Carle, I love his use of sweet simple stories that engage kids and his bold brush strokes of vibrant colors.
What is your favorite thing about the library?
The people! The staff of the library were some of the first people to welcome me to the area when I moved here, they have become friends through good books and now they are great co-workers. Their kindness and patience has already made this a great experience.
Where is your favorite place in the library?
I just realized the other day while shelving that the YA section upstairs always puts a smile on my face. I’ve had a hard time putting a finger on just why. I think part of it is that the books are amazing (yes, even for adults), they are full of new takes on old tales, open minded concepts, all the potential of youth. Another part is what the section itself represents, it’s a movement from the smallest readers that are present because they are brought in by adults to people that are their own readers, they crave books because they now love them. Seeing a pre-teen/teen come to the counter with a stack of books brightens my day, and that all starts upstairs in their special corner.
Are their any books or movies coming out soon that you are looking forward to?
Always! For movies, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a must, as is anything Marvel for me. Those upcoming Marvel TV shows for Disney+ can’t come soon enough.
In books, I’m looking forward to A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson. It’s a psychological thriller that is already generating a lot of buzz overseas and is being released here in the U.S. later this month.
Carol Lynch is a summer library employee at EPL.