“Meet Sandra Novacek, a suburban Detroit librarian … and resistance fighter. Yes, resistance fighter. Now, Sandra would be the first to say that she is not the hero of this story. That title would rightly belong to her late husband, Charles Novacek, who spent his youth fighting Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia then, later, Soviet oppression during the Cold War. This is the subject of the book written by Charles and published posthumously by Sandra, Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance. But when Charles passed away in 1997, it was Sandra who picked up the fight to have this work published, resisting the procrastination of big publishers, to have his story heard. And, as Sandra explains in this interview with ForeWord This Week, she fought with the brains and resourcefulness of a librarian, the fierceness of an independent publisher, and the heart and soul of a warrior.”
Excerpted with permission of Howard Lovy, ForeWord This Week, October 17, 2013 issue - http://bit.ly/187rs46
Hi! My name’s Andy, and I work at a medium-sized public library in western Colorado. I work in our Technology Services Department but do a bit of everything, from delivering books through our Words on Wheels program to assisting with programming to staffing the public computer area information desk. My degree is actually in French Horn Performance, so when I’m not at work I perform with the local symphony. I also love to be outdoors, and my picture is from Land’s End on the Grand Mesa, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and only an hour from my library’s front door!
I have been a public librarian since 2002. I started out as a part time library clerk and just started (9 days ago) as Shared Branch Manager at two very small town libraries (Population: 800). My wife and I got legally married in Iowa in 2010, a fact that I do not share with many patrons. Why? Because I live in the great State of Oklahoma. Besides being a book lover, I love hanging out with my wife, our children, and our friends and family, cooking, shopping, creating and watching tv and listening to music. I love being a librarian as I am constantly surrounded by thousands and thousands of books… information just waiting to be absorbed.
This is our Miss Cindy from the Gillett Public Library kissing a pig at our Oconto County fair last night just before the pig wrestling event…she’s wearing her “Captain Underpants” outfit for the occasion. This is what our summer reading program kids voted for her to do this year. We love our Miss Cindy!
You can view a video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Z8QeK9-QA&feature=share&list=UUVWowL50jtRvV9x9wfioIeQ
I’m the director of the Willimantic Public Library in Windham, CT. One of the perks of my job is getting to do things like hold the visiting groundhog after story time.
What you can’t see in this picture is that I am in riding boots and breeches. I’ve been riding hunter/jumpers since I was four, so the library patrons are used to my sometimes wandering through in barn gear.
(The groundhog wasn’t so sure about it, though!)
Hi - I’m Kathy. I work as a reference librarian in a large public library in Indianapolis and have, late in life, taken up running. I’m old and slow but it’s fun and challenging. Since I often run downtown I frequently see patrons while I’m running. Usually they don’t recognize me.
Hi! My name is Malinda and I head up the outreach division of the largest public law library west of the Mississippi! Our library is located in sunny southern California. I have been a librarian since the days when we were all still unplugged. When I’m not working (!) I spend my time hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, avoiding malls and baking. I love this generation’s footprint mindfulness. Not surprisingly, I subscribe to the fact that there’s something to learn and explore always, often, without a doubt, most definitely, for sure…….
This is our wonderful children’s librarian Miss Cindy @ the Gillett Public Library making good on two of her promises to the summer reading program kids. One was to take a mud bath (and here she’s posing with the SRP kids), afterward she had the kids roll her in compost, and the third is to “kiss a pig” which she’ll do @ our Oconto County Fair this year. We love our Miss Cindy :)
Hi I’m Annette, I’m a Faculty Liaison Librarian working at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia.
I’ve been working in Libraries for 15 years, mainly as a Children’s Librarian, and now I work with academics and research students.
In my spare time, I’m a volunteer with the State Emergency Service and the photo was taken during my assessment for Vertical Rescue - yes I voluntarily jump of cliffs!