What is your first library memory?
My first memory takes place right in Chelmsford, when the library was shaped like a T. My mom and I would enter through the back entrance, which was the Children’s Room. She would leave me there, and would proceed to the adult section to get her own books. Edith Pickles was the Head Librarian, and her name fit the role - white hair in a bun, gold wire rimmed glasses, and a ready “shhh” on her lips.
What book do you love to suggest to friends? I vary my suggestions based on who likes what. I use the Goodreads app, and that helps me remember titles and content.
Who are your top five favorite authors? I’m pretty fickle, but Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor will always be at the top. The other three are recent finds: William Kent Krueger, Allen Eskens, and David Joy.
What book would you most like to read again for the first time? Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
Why do you love being a library trustee? Being a library trustee is a very simple, but fulfilling way of giving back to the community. Books have been an integral part of my life, and I knew as early as 7th grade that I wanted to be a librarian. Since the age of 14, I have never been without a job or position that didn’t involve bringing books and people together.