I decided it would be fun to use this space to not just highlight the library and all the things we do, but to also shine the spotlight on some of our amazing library users, and all the things they do! I am so excited to present to you, Rebecca Grove.
Rebecca describes herself as "a former English teacher/grant writer/development director/budget-balancer/evaluator for public schools." She goes on to explain, "Now I produce lively interactions with literature for all ages. Evenings and weekends over the last 15 years, I have been hosting literary book clubs, play and poetry readings, movie nights, “living room shows,” and "pop-up salons," among other musical and homespun performances. I'm now working on opening The Octopus Literary Salon, a cafe/bookstore/performance space in Uptown Oakland to offer programming to the public."
In other words, her work and passions allign amazingly with the library's! She was kind enough to answer all of my questions. My own comments show up in italics.
What is the most embarrassing book that you love? Deenie by Judy Blume
I love that one too, and the cover I remember looks more like this:
What is your favorite food to eat while reading a library book? Potato chips.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in a public library? A pirate ship.
I feel like we might need a little more detail about that!
Do you want to give a shout out to any particular library location or staff member? Lakeview Branch Family Storytelling is really fantastic! What fun! Librarian Miriam Medow is great with the children.
Tell us about your favorite book or movie. There are too many to choose. Right now I'm enjoying Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions (1973). Kilgore Trout's writings, misinterpreted,run amok. It's got weird drawings and a critical eye on America.
What’s the best event you ever attended at the library? Children's Storytelling!
If Oakland Public Library could do one thing we don’t already do (your wish is our command), what would it be? Stay open longer hours, more days.
Where’s your favorite non-library place to go in Oakland? Soon, it will be The Octopus Literary Salon (when it opens).
Can't wait to check it out!!
What’s the most important thing the Oakland Public Library does? Free books, of course!
Thanks, again, to Rebecca for being our first interviewee! If you are interested in being interviewed, just let us know! Leave a comment on this post and include your email address, or get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This should be fun! I'm sure you have a lot to talk about!