Draper Librarian 4-1-1

What are their favorite books? 
What do they recommend?

Lucy Taylor

I became a librarian because I like books and working with people.

My favorite books are “The Shape of Mercy” by Susan Meissner, “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging” by Louise Rennison and “Wednesday Wars” by Gary Schmidt.

I must like books about spunky characters in a historical setting, because that describes both of these recommended books: “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly, about eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate growing up in central Texas in the late 1800s, and “These Is My Words” by Nancy Turner, about Sarah Prine experiencing the ups and down of love and adventure in 1881 in the Arizona Territory.

Linda Gee

I love being able to serve the public. I love sharing my knowledge of research and reader’s advisory with the patrons.

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, I decided I wanted a career change. After researching several different options and interviewing several individuals in the library system, I decided that this was the change I was looking for. I completed library school and was hired as a Public Service Librarian four years ago. I love being a librarian, helping patrons with their research and reading needs, facilitating the senior center book club and managing sections of the library’s collection.

Besides the scriptures, I’m not sure I can pinpoint any favorite books. I am a non-fiction reader and love reading religious books and books about cultural studies that investigate how culture affects individual experience, everyday life and social relations.

For children I recommend “Zero” by Kathryn Otoshi—about “being yourself” and “everyone can add value.” For those interested in the USA: “Democracy in America” by Alexis de Tocqueville—written in 1831 from the author’s observations of American life and trends and where they would lead, that’s still relevant today.

Laura Berube

I enjoy working with the staff and getting to know the people of Draper. I love books and reading, so librarian is a good job for me.

My favorites books are “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodson Burnett, “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver, and “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes.

My book recommendations for adults are “The Gods of Gotham” by Lindsay Faye. This historical mystery has a great sense of setting, 1845 New York City and interesting characters.

For children, “The Luck-Uglies” by Paul Durham. This fantasy adventure will keep you wondering what’s going to happen next.

Bonnie Bradford

The best part of working at the library is when a patron excitedly grabs a book you bought and you know they can’t wait to get home with it; when a teenager comes up to the desk with a stack of books they can barely carry and shyly tells you how much they love to read; when a toddler grabs a movie and actually wiggles with excitement. I love to see their surprise when I tell them an item they want can be here in just two days, or that the library system purchased 300 copies of a bestseller, so there will be barely any wait time. I love talking about library system to people new to the area. I have never met a new patron who wasn’t impressed with our holdings and services. And I love that the people of Draper love and use their library!

I became a librarian by default. I worked in a library as a teenager and volunteered in college, and enjoyed it. I graduated college with a degree in history and a determination never to be a teacher. After working a dead-end job for two years I decided to go back to school. I loved books and reading and thought I knew about libraries. I was woefully under-prepared for library school, and didn’t know how much theory and computer work was part of the job. But once I started work at an Information Desk at the University of Washington’s library I realized I loved it and found it suited me.

There are too many books I’ve loved and enjoyed for a favorite. But…“The Blue Castle” by L.M. Montgomery (my “comfort-food” book—to read when life is hard), “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell (the first adult classic I read and loved), and “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte (I always learn from this story).

I recommend “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls for adults. It’s powerful and a great introduction to the memoir genre. I recommend the Pigeon books by Mo Willems for parents to read to their kindergartner thru third graders (start with “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”). I love the sly humor of those books and the range of emotion he can evoke in those simple drawings.

Danette Hantla

Working with a great staff and serving the public, there is never a dull moment!

I was a stay at home mom for 20 years and when the kids started to fly the coop I wanted a career I would love. I got a temporary job at the library and loved working there so much I decided to get my master’s in library and information science, so I could continue helping people find information, books and resources that they need.

It’s hard to pick favorites, but I guess I’ll go with: “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. Interesting that my favorites are all books I read as a child…

Everyone likes different types of books and for different reasons, so I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone. But if you like suspense, great plots and an interesting protagonist, read Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.

For kids I would suggest “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry. It appeals to a wide range of ages because we are familiar with the story of Peter Pan. It is a fast-paced adventure with endearing characters. Great for families to read or listen to together.

Anne Nabaum

I work with a fabulous team of fellow librarians and staff! I enjoy our patrons and especially the kids in storytimes, our after-school programs and the Great Reads group. It is fun to interact with and connect kids with books!

As a child I visited the public library weekly with my older sister. She read the books to us during the week. I loved hearing her read “Madeline” (I can still recite the text almost perfectly) and “Anne of Green Gables” (the first book that made me cry). Those books especially made a lasting impression on me. I marveled at the connection between books and children and desired to foster that connection and life-long love of reading. That is one of many reasons that I became a librarian.

My favorites are: “These Is My Words” by Nancy E. Turner, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, “Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. I love reading narrative non-fiction but there are too many favorites to mention.

I recommendation: “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, “These Is My Words” by Nancy E. Turner and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. These titles present life as it is with no sugarcoating for the intended audience. They become very personal to the reader, are remarkable and very memorable.