|Beth relaxes outdoors.|
Hampton Park Library
Where is your hometown?
Minden, Nebraska, but I’ve lived in Georgia since 1966. I grew up in Decatur, and moved to Forsyth County in 1987 when I got married.
How long have you been at FCPL?
I started in September of 2003, so almost 12 years.
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
Circulation Assistant, Human Resources Representative, and Information Specialist
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I started bringing my triplets to the “new” Cumming library when it opened in 1992 and it was truthfully one of the only places where staff/employees seemed genuinely happy to see me walk in with triplet boys!
I never forgot that, so it was the one place I always aimed to work when I got the chance. I was teaching Special Education full-time in 2003, but my boys were still young, and I was finding it impossible to juggle everything and still find time to sleep. I saw the job opening and am very lucky it worked out.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Librarians are the great equalizers.
What is unique about your job?
Probably that I actually really enjoy my job. Not everyone can say that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I won’t lie, one of the best perks of this job is seeing all the new books come through and reading, reading, reading! I also get a kick out of talking with my “regulars” about books when they come in. You develop relationships and sometimes we’re the only place they go where they get service with a smile. It means a lot to people.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
When I was a senior in high school, I fled the New England winter and worked at the Bermuda Biological Station for three months doing research on the effects of pollution on marine life in the Sargasso Sea. I had always wanted to be a Marine Biologist, but I quickly headed in a different direction upon learning how much math and science I’d need to take in college!
What are your hobbies?
Reading, swimming, snorkeling and spoiling my dog, a 14 year old rescue Collie mix.
What are you reading right now?
I’m finishing A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, starting Finders Keepers by Stephen King, and listening to In the Woods by Harlen Coben, because I’ll listen to anything Scott Brick narrates. I am also reading my first graphic novel, March: Book 1 by Congressman John Lewis, whom I’ve always admired.
Paper books or eBooks?
Both, and audio for my commute.