With her bachelor’s degree in hand, the business of books had already proved to be a field Ann thoroughly enjoyed and one for which she possessed a natural talent. Throughout childhood, she’d escaped through books, and as a college undergraduate, she’d begun working at a well-known local bookstore. By graduation, she’d worked her way up to become a manager.
By Ann Lehue, MSIS, Senior Manager, Collection Development
Last December, I dutifully signed up to write my annual article about having a snarky holiday—I’m so snarky naturally that my writing professor in college forbade me from writing my essays in that voice, and my parents’ mantra was, “No one loves a smart aleck.” Harsh. It’s easier to do a snarky holiday article during a good year when everything sounds like horrible exaggeration instead of prophecy. It’s easier to get the right tone when we’re all in a state of manic frazzle rather than exhausted hypervigilance. To our library friends and family who’ve lost loved ones, jobs, library funding, homes, relationships, and even hope, I’m so sorry. I grieve with you for all the plans you looked forward to but that did not happen, that budget cuts will hurt the people in the community who have already suffered the most in our communities, that this virus took away some of our coworkers and loved ones, that things will never be the same.
Like many teenagers, Dana had no idea of what she wanted to do when she grew up. But she read widely and filled her room with books, partly because she’d joined several mail-in book clubs. “Not only that,” she adds, “I could go to a library, happily stay all day long, and then come home with a couple of bags of books I’d checked out.”
For as long as she can remember, April has been interested in psychology. This probably explains why she’s a huge Stephen King fan and a true crime junkie. There’s a sweeter side to her tastes, though: April’s hobby is baking and decorating cakes, and for years she has accepted requests from friends and coworkers for one of her impressive creations. She also adores anything – anything! – pumpkin spice. Not surprisingly, she’s delighted the Northern Hemisphere is now in autumn, her favorite season.