Meet the Librarian: Karyn, Administrative Director

Name: Karyn Schemm
Position at the library: Administrative Director

1. How long have you been at APL?  13 and ½ years

2. What’s your favorite thing about APL?  Our fun and friendly atmosphere

3. What is your favorite book and why? How could I pick just one? But I do read everything I can on JFK and Jackie Kennedy

4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? Gillian Flynn

5. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) Motorcycle riding and camping. I just love being outdoors. My husband and I ride a Harley. I navigate, but do hope to get my own license someday. We have taken some long trips on the bike and hope to take many more in the future.

6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Something in banking…(is anyone surprised?)

7. What’s your favorite food? Glazed, smoked ham

8. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? In our old building we had a sign on the bathroom door that said, “passports processed Mon-Fri, 9-3”. One day as a young woman started to open the bathroom door she turned to us and asked, “Do I need a passport to use the bathroom?”….there are many stories about that bathroom because it was right across from the circ desk……

9. What does your dream library look like? After working in the old library for 8 years, this building IS my dream library…..maybe with some more storage space :)

10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.)  I listen to rock music. My favorite bands are Shinedown, Volbeat and Otherwise.  I enjoy attending concerts with my husband and daughter. I am a huge fan of the TV shows Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy. But my favorite was Breaking Bad….so long Heisenberg! And like so many other people, I am hopelessly addicted to Candy Crush…..and on Sunday afternoons,  it is all about FOOTBALL!

Karyn handles the logistics of running a library, like ordering office supplies, paying the bills, and keeping the other librarians in line. We couldn’t do it without her!

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Meet the Librarian: Tom, Library Director

Do you ever wonder about the people running your library? In this new blog post series, we’ll highlight a different staff member each month. First, we’d like to introduce our new director, Tom Taylor, who only recently started working here at APL and does not yet know what he’s got himself into.

Name: Tom Taylor
Position at the library: Director
1. How long have you been at APL?  1 week
2. What’s your favorite thing about APL? It’s an exciting opportunity for me because this is a fantastic institution.
3. What is your favorite book and why? That’s a tough question. Who has just one? I suppose it depends on when you ask. Right now, it’s Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. I first read that as a college student in Greece so it has personal meaning to me.
4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? For a living author, I recommend Neil Gaiman. he has a wonderful, vivid imagination, rooted in literature and folklore. Otherwise, I recommend Fyodor Dostoevsky, for the great dialogue and the cerebral nature of his works. 
5. Do you have any hobbies (besides reading)? I enjoy following certain sports. I like IndyCar racing and I’m a big Kansas City Chiefs fan. I also enjoy college sports (though I won’t say which teams… yet). And I have two young boys, so they take up most of my time.
6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Definitely a teacher. History, at the middle school or high school level.
7. What’s your favorite food? Coconut. I like coconut anything: coconut treats, coconut desserts, coconut water… I cook with coconut oil. I love coconut.
8. How did you end up in the library field? My mom was the librarian at McPherson College, so I grew up around libraries, using libraries, but it still never occurred to me that I might go into the library field. Then, in grad school for history, I realized I enjoyed the research and the teaching, but I hated the writing. That eventually led to reference librarianship. Then I got a job at Newton Public Library. 
9. What does your dream library look like? Spacious, modern, clean, and busy.
10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) I like Doctor Who – I grew up on it, so I like the older stuff, but I’ve seen some of the new stuff as well. I like travel, learning. I used to enjoy video games, strategy games, and board games, but I don’t have much time for that now. 
Welcome to the library, Tom!
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