Getting to Know Us: Virginia

1. In Woody Allen’s short story The Kugelmass Episode, the protagonist discovers a magic cabinet that will allow him to visit his favorite books.  Using this cabinet, which books would you absolutely visit?  which would you avoid?

This question is deceptively hard to answer…. I would definitely avoid Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. A world where video games are the way of life and obscure 80’s trivia is going to elevate your social status? Hard pass. Also Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. There are some creepy things going on on Blessed Island.

I’ve always wanted to visit the Old Kingdom from the Abhorsen trilogy. I’m 100% certain I would be useless while there but I’ve always thought the magic system was fascinating and I would love to chum around with Sabriel and co.

2. If you could be a famous author for a day, who would you choose?  Why?

I don’t know if I would want to be any famous author; that raises too many questions for me. Would I be aware that I’m hijacking another person’s body? Would I have that person’s mannerisms? Would I know how to act around said author’s friends and family? If I have my own mentality in this person’s body do I still have access to their memories/thought processes?

There are a few authors who I would love to do an in depth neurological study of. Jasper Fforde and Stephen King come to mind.

3. What is your favorite question to answer at the library?  Least favorite question?

I love suggesting books to our younger patrons in Junior Fiction. Those kids are so excited to read and become so enthusiastic about whatever book you suggest to them.

I don’t have a least favorite question so much as a least favorite comment: “You don’t look old enough to work in the library.” Fyi I’m old enough to have a master’s degree.

4. What do you love about working at the library?

I love all the things about working at the library… except maybe working with computers in the basement…and occasionally having to come to work in the morning (I am not a morning person).

5. What book helped you learn to love reading?

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I checked that out from the library and probably read it 15 times before I had to turn it back in.

6. If you had to live in a section of the library, which section would you choose?

The Storytelling Wing! That area of the library is my happy place.

7. How many members of your family (including pets) have you named after characters in books?

Only my brother Sam. I have a sneaking suspicion that he was named after Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings (my dad vehemently denies this but I know better).

8. In order to save the world from the impending apocalypse, all but three novels must be sacrificed to the zombies; which three novels do you save?

I’m not sure how this type of sacrifice is going to satiate the zombies hordes but I hope no one complains about the books I chose because I’m not apologizing for my choices.
1. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (not to be confused with an entirely different book with a similar name)
2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
3. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

9. What is your favorite quote about books and/or reading?

“They had just digested a recent meal of prepositions and were happily farting out apostrophes and ampersands; the air was heav’y with th’em&.”

10. Favorite thing you’ve read this year?

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

11. Please tell your favorite library puke story.

I have, fortunately, never had the opportunity to interact with puke while in the library.

12. If you were a book, which genre would you be categorized in and why?

Fantasy. Because no matter what this book is about if I’m going to be in it there had better be magic!


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