Better Know a Library Staffer: Sarah

Here on the blog the other Matchmakers and I share what we are reading, watching, or listening to quite frequently, but we don’t often hear from our other staff members all over the library system. Now, we will be sharing interviews from other staff members so that you the reader can see what we’re reading/watching/listening to all over the Heights Library system!

This interview comes from one of our Youth Services Librarians, Sarah!


What book are you reading at the moment? What are your thoughts on it?
I’m just finishing Purity by Jonathan Franzen. I enjoyed it a lot-it’s long-winded but ambitious and entertaining. The audiobook version was perfect for distracting me from my long commute.
What kind of books do you typically read?
I like to read literary fiction, novels written by female authors, and thrillers. Some novelists I enjoy are Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Gillian Flynn, and Jeffrey Eugenides. I enjoy reading picture books to my 6 month old son. His 3 favorite books are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Wide-Mouthed Frog, and Goodnight Moon. He also likes Keith Baker’s picture books.
Have you ever pretended to have read a book? If so, which one and why?
I’ve never pretended to read a book because I view reading as a personal endeavor and I rarely talk about what I read unless someone asks. I’m trying to break this habit and talk about books more!


Which do you prefer: movies or television?

I like both and watch them in equal amounts.
Have you ever binge-watched a show? If so, what was it?

Many shows! In the past 2 years, I binge- watched Mad Men, Breaking Bad, the Wire, Louie, and Orange is the New Black.


What kind of music do you enjoy?

As far as genres go, I enjoy 60’s and 70’s folk, post-punk, new wave, alt-country, singer songwriter, indie rock and pop, electronic, and live noise music.
Have you found any new or new-to-you artists/bands lately?
I heard Neil Young’s On the Beach earlier this year and my mind was blown by how great it is. Junior Boys’ Big Black Coat came out in the winter and I enjoyed that, as well as seeing them live in April. I also heard Brian Eno’s Before and After Science in the winter and listened to that on repeat for months.
Do you listen to different music based on the seasons?
Yes- I’m really sentimental about music and listen to artists at the time of year when I first heard the record. In the summer, I listen to Kate Bush, Scott Walker, and Justin Currie’s solo albums. In the winter, I listen to Neil Young and Brian Eno. I listen to Junior Boys’ albums all the time, all year round.
Anything else you’d like to add?

This is a great idea, and I look forward to seeing what my coworkers are interested in.

Thanks Sarah!

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