“Open Book” Interview with Lynne Priest

Lynne Priest

Lynne Priest

“Open Book Interview” with Lynne Priest

What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?

I am the Grade School Programming Specialist at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. I have been at this position for about 8 years. I first started as a clerk in the Magazines & Newspapers Department at AHML combined with a part-time position at the Indian Trails Public Library. I have been working in libraries for a total of 12 years.

Why are you an ILA member?

At first, I didn’t want to. I was pretty content to do my own thing. Joining ILA and becoming a Forum member opened up a whole new dimension. I met and became friends with so many good people and I found myself volunteering and chairing committees, things I never thought I would do in a million years. I feel pretty lucky to have had these opportunities that allowed me to grow despite myself.

What’s your number #1 source for news in children’s services / literature.

For literature, I love any review journal. As I am reading them, I have my Goodreads app open on my phone and I just keep adding titles to it. Now if I could just manipulate time! For news, I turn to The Reporter, PLA and VOYA. The Library Link of the Day is also very interesting.

What do you think children’s librarians will be doing ten years from now?

Unless things change dramatically, I see us continuing in the role as equalizers between the various economic levels in our society by providing all children with the opportunity to discover interests they did not know they had and trying technologies that they may not otherwise have available to them.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz and Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

What children’s book character would you most like to be and why?

Matilda Wormwood for her bravery and sense of fairness.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to assist a senator or congressman. Can you tell I grew up near Washington D.C.?

What’s one “rule” you wished every librarian followed?

Destroy the stereotype

Harriet Welch OR Hermoine Grainger? OR Sammy Keyes or Nancy Drew?

Hermoine without a doubt.

What condiment is always in your fridge?

Blue Cheese. Whatever you are eating, it probably would taste better with blue cheese.

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