I thought librarians were supposed to be frumpy. I know! Bad shoes, bad hair….
But you’re quite stylish. Why is that? I’ve just always loved clothes. I love them.
And books, presumably. Do you have a favorite book? A lot of people will ask you that (if you’re a librarian). So I’ve thought about it and thought about it. I love biographies. So my favorite book is the “Autobiography of Malcolm X.” I love it. It just goes from love to hate and back to love again. He transforms himself. I’m, like, “Everybody: Read this!”
How many new fiction and non-fiction titles (for adult readers) do you get each month? 150. We pride ourselves on the collection. We think we’ve got a very diverse collection to appeal to a wide audience. We’re very conscious of that.
Has anyone ever said you weren’t allowed to order a specific book? No, never.
Who uses the library? Military, civilian, DODDs teachers, contractors, retirees. It’s mostly families. That might have something to do with being on PHV [Patrick Henry Village].
And also … maybe young soldiers, to make a sweeping generalization, don’t read that much? They don’t read the paper. Yeah. They just go out and party.
So no young soldiers in the book club that you started, probably. I don’t think we have any active-duty. There’s probably a core group of 12 women; we’re looking for men, too. We meet every four weeks at the library (usually the last Thursday of each month). We do, actually, at this one, discuss the book. I think that’s because there’s no wine involved. And we have some great, great discussions.
What’s the next book you’re reading? “Suite Francaise.” And the one after that is about the lost boys of the Sudan. We try to do fiction and then non-fiction, fiction, non-fiction.
Why are the MPs [military police] coming to the library? For the pre-school and school-age programs summer reading programs we’re going to have a weekly activity for five weeks. The theme is “Get a Clue” at your library. So some of the things we’ve planned are make your own disguise, a fingerprint workshop — I’ve talked to the MPs. They’re going to come — puzzles, bingo and a party at the end.
For teens, they read a book a week and they tell us about it. There’s a party at the end. Could I mention the prizes? Sure.
An MP3 player, noise-cancelling headphones, a little CD sound system.
Do you need to give teenagers things to make them come into the library? Don’t they just come in anyway? They don’t. And I don’t think they realized what we have here. We have graphic novels, comic books, college preparatory stuff, and when we reopen, even more computers. People think now they can just find everything on the Internet. You have to go out and tell them — hey, we’ve still got things that you need here.
Michelle KrewsonAge: 37Title: Public Services LibrarianDuty Station: Patrick Henry Village LibraryFeat: Once Dewey-decimaled entire book collection of small girls’ school in Cambodia, setting up their library in 10 days.
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