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Monday, July 21, 2008

DPPL People -- Meet Holly Richards-Sorensen!

It's that time again - time to introduce you to one of our Library staff members in a fun, informal way. This month, our DPPL Person is Assistant Director Holly Richards-Sorensen. Holly may be new to PlainTalk, but she's a nine year veteran of the Des Plaines Public Library and she's got the funny, often unusual anecdotes to prove it. Holly was recently promoted from Head of Adult Services to Assistant Director. She's also just a well-rounded human being - during her free time you might find her boating on Lake Michigan or performing as the lead singer for her band, Different Drummer. Certainly not your "librarian" stereotype, and that makes us extra-happy to have Holly as one of our own. With no further fuss from me, here's a little question and answer session with Holly Richards-Sorensen.

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 Hiaasen

Monsters - 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.

Who is your favorite artist?
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.

Favorite food?
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

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