Meet the Librarian – Melissa Haney, Circulation Librarian

Name: Melissa Haney

Position at the library: Circulation Librarian

  1. How long have you been at APL? I have been at the APL since August 10, 2015.
  1. What’s your favorite thing about APL? My favorite thing about APL is when the kids get overly excited about the books they check out.
  1. What is your favorite book and why? My favorite book is Mere Christianity because I love theology and C.S. Lewis is a wonderful author (my favorite too).
  1. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? For kiddos, I recommend any of the “Hank, the Cow Dog” series or “The Series of Unfortunate Events”. For Adults, I recommend any other book by C.S. Lewis or “The Undercover Economist” by Tim Harford
  1. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) Being a full time student and working does not leave me much time for hobbies but if I had the time I would practice the guitar more and get back into sports.
  1. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? If I weren’t a librarian, I would be a counselor at Portantorchas in Costa Rica.
  1. What’s your favorite food? My favorite food is everything that is served for Thanksgiving. (aka, I don’t have a favorite, I just like food)
  1. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? The funniest experience I have ever had at a library is at the last library I worked at, I was making funny faces and sounds to my coworker (I don’t know why) and a cute guy walked up and just laughed at me… I was so embarrassed it hurt but it was still hilarious.
  1. What does your dream library look like? My dream library is a two story building with the children’s library on the bottom floor because even though I love children, I like it quiet when I pick out/read books and I’m sure others do as well. I would want all the stacks to be short in height do I can see everything and I would want all the books to be completely straight on the stacks. There would also be soft instrumental music playing in the background.
  1. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) Some other things I like are the Spanish culture and learning the language, having fun with my niece and nephew, going to church, playing cards, and listening to different types of music.
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Teen Reads – October 14, 2015

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

When Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy Kendrick, her world spins upside down. As soon as Tess is enrolled in Hardwicke High, she finds out that Ivy is the capital’s number one “fixer”. Classmates ask Tess to help them with their problems, and Tess finds herself tangled in a sticky situation, that involves life or death. The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, is a thrilling, action-packed suspense story about two sisters trying to find their footing. The book also throws in a mix of politics; as Tess lives in D.C. now. It is exciting to read because Tess is always thinking up different, wacky ideas to get her way.

(Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor

Juliet Newman’s life is perfect- she has a picture-perfect boyfriend, a perfect family who supports her on everything she does, and a perfect life plan. But when her parents divorce, Juliet’s mother has a terrible accident in the bathroom that lands her in the hospital. As if that isn’t enough, Juliet meets Declan, the guy who makes her wonder if perfect is what she wants. Better Than Perfect, by Melissa Kantor, is a book on the brink of tragedy, that is sure to keep you on your toes. Juliet’s adventures through life are both funny and breathtaking, with things that she would normally never do.

(Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

Proof of Forever by Alexa Hillyer

What would you do if you were given a second chance to relive your high school years? Would you do things completely different? Or would you continue down the same path? This wish of a second chance was granted to four former best friends, Joy, Zoe, Luce, and Tali during a camp night reunion. After a shocking chain of events, the girls are somehow transported by a photo booth to their very last summer together when they were still fifteen years old. In attempts to find their way back to the present, the girls must be careful not to disturb events of the past for fear of altering the future. As the girls attempt to recreate the exact moments they shared that last summer together, many buried secrets are dug up, but are the secrets too much for these once best friends to handle? Lexa Hillyer takes us all on a nostalgic journey back to our childhood through her relatable characters in her novel, Proof of Forever. This book is by far one of the funniest, most comforting, and emotional books I have ever read. It remains a must read for anyone interested in more than just a quick read as you will become invested in these characters’ stories of love, loss, self-acceptance, and friendship.

(Reviewed by Natalie Purdy)

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Teen Reads – September 11, 2015

Galgorithm by Aaron Karo

Graduation is right around the corner for high school senior Shane Chambliss. As Shane begins to develop an extreme case of senioritis and experience the typical emotions of nostalgia that generally surround high school graduation, he manages to protect his largest secret yet. An AP student at heart with recluse-like tendencies, Shane appears to be an ordinary student, aside from the fact that he secretly solicits girl advice to timid high school boys. Many years of observation and an intense break up of his own lead Shane toward the creation of the “Galgorithm”, a fail-proof method to picking up girls. After being named the school Svengali, Shane begins to reevaluate his method. Is it possible that there isn’t actually a formula to win over girls? Is it possible that love is actually more fulfilling than lust? Join Shane on his roller coaster ride of emotions as he must decide whether to retire the “Galgorithm” in order to gain the girl he really loves or to continue soliciting advice to other classmates and distance himself from his true friends. This book is a great read for anyone interested in romantic comedies and lighthearted reads. The subtle humor that Karo injects into the novel adds a comical element to a romantic drama, making this book a must read.

(Reviewed by Natalie Purdy)

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Meet the Librarian: Laura Ryan, Circulation Librarian

Name: Laura Ryan

Position at the library: Circulation Librarian

1. How long have you been at APL? 1. 2 months

2. What’s your favorite thing about APL? My favorite part has to be the wonderful staff and friendly patrons. Also, there is nothing like helping someone discover their new favorite book!

3. What is your favorite book and why? My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this novel at a very pivotal moment in my life, and it taught me so much about how I should treat the people around me.  Also Atticus Finch…. need I say more!

4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? I highly recommend anything by J.K Rowling (she’s a magical writer), John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Toni Morrison, Ned Vizzini and Ernest Cline….Just to name a few

5. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) In my spare time I enjoy snuggling with my English Bulldog, Lola. I also enjoy refinishing furniture and traveling.


6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? I would be a Public Health Researcher.

7. What’s your favorite food? Mashed potatoes…I would eat them every day if I could!

8. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? It would probably be the time we had a dog get into the library and take 2 full laps with an employee chasing after it.

9. What does your dream library look like? A warm inviting space that allows people to find little nooks and crannies that inspire them. There is nothing better than a warm cup of tea, the right book, and a comfortable space to fire up your imagination. I would also add fireplaces with bookshelves that would magical choose your next favorite book.

10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) I am an avid TV watcher, if you suggest a show for me to watch I will more than likely binge watch it. Some of the shows that I am currently into include Sherlock, Teen Wolf, American Horror Story and of course Doctor Who.

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