Benjamin Snider

Position : Circulation Librarian

1. When did you start at APL? Help! I’ve been trapped by evil libr—– When I was born; I grew up in the library. I have worked 6 years here and volunteered for 2 years previous.

2. What’s your favorite thing about APL? The bribes, definitely. (Note from management: He’s kidding.)

3. What is your favorite book and why? Never ask a librarian this question, there are too many. The Hobbit or anything by C.S. Lewis

4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Weird Life by David Toomey, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku.

5. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) Ultimate Frisbee, and trail running are recent additions; I also enjoy Settlers of Catan, board games, strategy games, mountain biking, bonfires, and I’ll play any pickup sport but I’m not that good at most of them.

6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Batman, or wait maybe I am already?

7. What’s your favorite food? Ice cream, preferably all natural, but I’m not picky. There’re so many flavors and you can eat it with everything.

8. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? Sometimes, people call us when they REALLY want the Andover, MA, library. One time, one of these mistaken callers asked if I could transfer her to them. Also, giving them directions is great, since I’ve never been any of the places they want directions to, but I try to cobble something together using Google Maps Streetview.

9. What does your dream library look like? A quiet hum, there are lots of people; programming robots, using 3D printers, reading books, drinking coffee, kids at story time, but it’s still cozy so you can still find a corner to hide in with all of your favorite books.

10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) Movies aren’t really my thing but I do like How to Train Your Dragon, and Megamind. I don’t really watch TV so no recommendations there, although I have been known to watch the occasional Big Bang Theory or Battlestar Galactica episode. I’m a big fan of the Civilization and Total War PC game franchises, and the card game Dominion.