Meet our blog contributors!
Janet M. is the Outreach Librarian for the Glenview Public Library. When she is not zipping about Glenview delivering books for the homebound, she is co-leader for the book discussion group Page Turners. Janet has a fondness for Scandinavian crime novels and shopping at IKEA.
Carmen G. is the Readers Advisory Librarian. She co-leads the 'BookBites' reading social book group that meets at the Hackney's. She recommends good reads, helps to plan fun activities and programs for readers and helps with the library's social media and online reach. Depending on her mood she likes to read something fun like Marian Keyes or perhaps an international mystery, when she's not zipping off to faraway exotic places in the world.
Monique F. grew up wanting to be Nancy Drew, but today she works in the Reader Services Department and runs the Quarterly Mystery Discussion Group. She is an eclectic reader who reads across the spectrum in both non-fiction and genre fiction. She tries to stay away from any book that is labeled poignant.
Carolyn R. is a part-time para-professional in Reader Services and when she is not working the desk she moderates All Things Spanish. Carolyn likes to read fiction and non-fiction alike but never has enough time to read all the books on her list. She is drawn to foreign authors, mainly Latino and foreign films. She is not very likely to make a selection based on the bestseller list.
Kay B. grew up loving music and reading. She is the go-to person in Reader Services for all your classical and music theater questions. She has been instrumental in bringing the Chicago Lyric Opera lectures to our library and also helps with the Mystery Club. In her spare time, she teaches music, reads, walks and does needlework.
Nicole M. is the Young Adult Librarian here at Glenview, serving teens in high school with books as well as programming. When she is not at work, Nicole is busy raising school age twins. Nicole likes to read a mix of teen and adult fiction and non-fiction and has taken to audiobooks in her daily commute.
Michael W. our new Audio-visual Librarian, had never owned a single audio recording until one fateful day in 1981 when his 8th grade Language Arts teacher (whose name he now conveniently forgets) shamed and scared him by giving him a grade of ZERO on a simple assignment that required students to stand-up, recite the lyrics to a favorite song and then play a cassette tape of said song for the rest of the class to hear. Horrified and embarrassed, from that day forward Michael spent the remainder of his childhood, misspent youth, and adult life dedicated to listening to as much music as he could cram into his ears in a desperate attempt to make up for that ONE missed opportunity. Much later, he would begin to apply the same fervor to 20th century films with the help of a Time-Out Film Guide and a 21” color television. Thankfully, he’s now fully recovered, and is increasingly responsible for managing and developing GPL’s already fantastic music and film collection. Stop by and chat because he’s always happy to talk movies and music. When he’s not at GPL, Michael enjoys standing in proximity to trees, eating cheeseburgers, reading to his three-year-old daughter, and, yes, listening to music.
Gayle W. has been a member of the Reader Services Department for many, many moons. When she's not working out there, she co-leads the book discussion group Page Turners. She enjoys reading non-fiction, especially memoirs, because truth is stranger and at times, more exciting than fiction! She also teaches the "fun" Internet workshops and one-on-one tutorials on eBay, Online Travel, and Online Shopping. See Gayle if you want to find/sell a collectible, book a vacation package, or shop and save.
Zena Y is a paraprofessional in the Reader Services department. When she's not reading and helping patrons discover great new books, she can be found knitting, playing board games, or traveling (and sometimes all three at once). She loves unicorns, Batgirl, and anything created by Jim Henson. Some of her favorite authors are Garth Nix, Rainbow Rowell, Anne McCaffrey, and Neil Gaiman.
Ethan F. is a part-time member of the Reader Services crew. He reads books of all genres, but his favorites tend to be horror, fantasy, and scifi. He claims to be addicted to movies as well, and just like his taste in books, his tastes stray towards horror and scifi more often than not. He’s also a music lover and listens to everything from classical to death metal, jazz to electronica, and anything in between. Stop in and feel free to chat with him about movies, music, video games, and more! If he’s not working hard at the library, you can probably find him playing Dungeons & Dragons or petting a dog.
Teri R. reads mysteries--from gritty to cozy, she loves them all. Not that she can ever solve the crimes! Lately, she is loving the unreliable narrator trend. She also tries to keep up with current literary fiction and nonfiction of all kinds, particularly history.
Karrie F. has been a librarian at GPL for 16 years and was the young adult librarian before she began working as a school librarian. Her nightstand is collapsing under the weight of her "to read" books, and her book shelves are warping from all her "read that" books. When she's not at GPL, she's telling stories to her students, espousing the joys of holding an actual book and reading paper pages, and avidly listening to audio books so she can keep up. Her favorite saying is: "There's not enough time in the day to read everything, so I'll just read something."
Eve M. is new to the Reader Services Department and is excited about sharing her love of books and reading. Eve enjoys reading romance, action adventure, science fiction and young adult. Eve loves to sew and craft and is always looking for new ideas from books, craft shows and antique stores to make as gifts and decorate. Eve likes to say … “A day without crafts is like a day without sunshine”. She likes movie genres which include: horror, sci-fi, drama and historic period pieces: Ground Hog Day, Gattaca, Equilibrium, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Mama and Pride and Prejudice. Eve likes classical music and hits of the 70’s and 80’s. Remember Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce’: Time In A Bottle and Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Karen Carpenter’s: We’ve Only Just Begun and Close To You, Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty and Cat Steven’s Peace Train. She is also a vegetarian.