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Know Your Librarian: Laura

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Laura is coming up on her third anniversary of being Library Director here at HSL. She’ll have been here three years in April. We can’t believe how time flies! And we can’t imagine the place without her.


Hi Laura, and welcome to the hot seat! We’ve got a great list of questions for you, so let’s get started. First, we have to ask, what’s your favorite genre of book or movie?

My favorite book genre is cozy mysteries (Sherlock Holmes and Louise Penny) and my favorite kind of movies are quirky indie flicks (favorite movie of all time is Delicatessen).

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I’d love to be a travel show host. I love learning about different cultures, meeting new people, and trying new foods. I also love seeing a variety of natural wonders.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?

EDM (Electronic Dance Music) dance steps. I love watching videos and practicing steps that I learn when I’m home alone. I have a lot of excess energy and dancing is a great way for me to get it out!

What form of public transportation do you prefer? (plane, boat, train, bus, car, etc.)

I’ve always wanted to take a train ride across country but my favorite is a car. I often go for drives with my husband on the weekends.

Would you rather go hang gliding or whitewater rafting?

I have been whitewater rafting a few times but I’ve always wanted to try hang gliding!

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

The Sedlec Ossuary located outside of Prague. At one time in the 1400’s, bodies were exhumed from the mass graves on the site and the bones were used to create decorations in the chapel.  There was a chandelier made of skulls and bones! Creepy!

What fictional place would you most like to go?

Narnia because magic is real there, creatures can talk, and I’d love to go on an adventure!

What pets did you have while you were growing up?

Lots of dogs and cats and even a parakeet named Sunshine who learned to say a few phrases!

What book impacted you the most?

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. This artistic self-help book got me started on my journey as a poet, songwriter, and musician. I still write a three page journal entry (something the book encourages you to do) every morning after 20 years!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

TOTAL extrovert. I LOVE PEOPLE!