Getting to know your librarians – Abby



What should we call you?

Where can we find you?Central Library

Why teen services?
Teens are people who are just starting to figure out who they are (or want to be) and question what they’ve always been told. As a teen services librarian, I get to help out with these huge tasks by offering information, good books to read, and support – it’s really fun and exciting to be a part of so many amazing young people’s lives. I feel very lucky to have this job.

Favorite reference resource (print and/or online)?
Print – The Joy of Cooking. Beyond the delicious recipes, there’s tons of great, useful information about food preparation, history, storage, nutrition, and more. For example, did you know that artichokes are the immature flower buds of a thistle plant?

Online – – A great site for all things music. Search by album, song, performer or classical work and you’ll find album reviews, brief biographies, discographies and much, much, more about artists in all genres, from Afro-pop to post-rock.

Favorite book of all time and favorite book right now?
That is an impossible question for a librarian to answer – we have too many favorites! When I was a teen, my favorite book was Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs. One of my favorite books about teenagers is Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.

You live in Seattle — To umbrella or not to umbrella?
It depends, but usually I forget my umbrella. So I guess not.

The best thing about living in Seattle is…
Nature in and around the city. I grew up on the East Coast and we don’t have views of gigantic mountain ranges and sparkling lakes from our cities! Also the food, music scene, and literary culture are all outstanding.

We know you love Seattle but where would you most like to live?
On a little farm with goats, chickens, a well, and a vegetable garden in the San Juan Islands. I’ll be fully prepared when the apocalypse comes! 🙂



What is your favorite word?
Umami. It means “delicious flavor” in Japanese.

What is your motto?
Spes, Lux et Scientia which is Latin for “Hope, light and knowledge.” I made it up using this awesome Latin motto generator. Check it out! I think personal mottos are kind of silly, but this is fun.

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