Three words that describe your current state of mind are…
Engaged, challenged, optimistic
What is your most treasured possession?
My baby grand piano
What is your greatest extravagance?
Who are your favorite writers?
I’m glad you said writers, plural! I’ll list them by category.
Classic - Jane Austen, Charles Dickens
Literary fiction - TC Boyle, Michael Chabon, EL Doctorow
Hard boiled detective - James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux series)
Women detectives - Nevada Barr
Historical fiction - Dorothy Dunnett
Historical fiction, humor - Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody series)
Just plain funny - Carl HiaasenMonsters - Laurell K. Hamilton
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction (in writing, film, drama)?
Francis Crawford of Lymond, Dave Robicheaux, John Rebus, Anna Pigeon, Anita Blake, Lestat
Name three persons/characters from history with whom you would like to have dinner.
Thomas Jefferson, my favorite founding father.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, she was married to the King of France, divorced him and married the King of England, and two of their sons were kings of England. All this in the 12th century. The film The Lion in Winter was based on Eleanor’s life with Henry II, King of England.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My Dad he taught me about integrity, hard work and to question everything.
My best friend in high school Judy taught me about courage.
My sibs (two sisters and a brother) taught me about unconditional love.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, Ron.
Klimt, Monet, Jackson Pollack
Who is your favorite musician?
It’s impossible to name just one. Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant. And I’ll admit it, Neil Diamond.
The quality you admire most in a man is… Honesty, sense of humor, willingness to talk about it
The quality you admire most in a woman is…
Honesty, sense of humor, generosity
Biggest pet peeve?
People who take themselves too seriously.
It’s easier to list what I don’t like. Liver and butter beans.
What three words would your closest friends use to describe you?
Funny, loyal, smart
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I’ve loved books and reading since my Mom started reading to me as a child. What a great gift she gave me.
What is your favorite thing about the Des Plaines Public Library?
Our willingness to try new things and, all the people.
Name one, and only one, "desert island" book, CD or movie. Only one.
Again with the only one thing! OK, the newest edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. What can I say; I’m a reference librarian at heart.
The movie of your life – who plays the role of you and what song plays over the closing credits?
Sandra Bullock and "Should Have Known Better" by the Beatles