Better Know a Library Staffer: Shamekia

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 Youth Services Associate Shamekia!


What book are you reading at the moment? What are your thoughts on it?

Right now I’m reading The Accidental Diva, by Tia Williams. It’s a ‘chick-lit’ novel and I’m only about a third through it, but so far it’s a lot of fun. It’s surprisingly gritty in parts, which I don’t typically encounter in this genre. It is still well-written and I’m looking forward to diving into it.

What kind of books do you typically read?

Chick-lit, Juvenile fiction (fantasy and weird, off-the-beaten-path stuff), picture books, and cookbooks. I’ve recently become an audiobook listener as well.

Have you ever pretended to have read a book? If so, which one and why?

Not since college. I was assigned a few titles that I just couldn’t finish. I hated The Sound and the Fury. I only read enough to participate in class, but I never finished it.


Which do you prefer: movies or television?

I appreciate both equally.

Have you ever binge-watched a show? If so, what was it?

The last show I binged on was Grimm. I love that show! The irony is that I don’t like horror movies, but this show is just the right amount of dark and macabre that keeps me hooked. I’ve also recently binged on Mad Men and Golden Girls (nostalgia).


What kind of music do you enjoy?

R&B, Kizomba, Afro-Cuban, Bachata, Soul, Pop, Belly Dance Drum Solo music, and the occasional Rock song.

Have you found any new or new-to-you artists/bands lately?

Victoria Monét

Do you listen to different music based on the seasons?

No, I listen to whatever strikes my fancy. Kizomba music is what I listen to the majority of my time because I’m a kizomba dancer. Sometimes depending on my mood I’ll listen to upbeat pop, or if it’s a gray day I may want to listen to “In a Sentimental Mood”, by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane. I do have a kick-butt Halloween playlist though. I guess that’s the only ‘seasonal’ music I listen to, but that list spans many genres. I’m not a fan of Christmas music. I’m a fan of Christmas-just not the songs.

Thanks Shamekia!

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