Meet The Staff

Our staff (click on their name to skip to their interview):


 

Name: Jacqueline Rammer (jrammer [at] monarchlibraries.org)

Position: Director

What do you do at the library?

I’m the library director, which means I run the library and make the big decisions! I supervise the staff, I get to pick out new materials for the library, and I get to make people happy, which I love. Although I also love buying new books!

Tell us something unique or interesting about you!

I’ve wanted to be a librarian since I was four, when I got my first library card. My idea of a librarian was… you got to be around books all day, help people find things… and everything’s very organized, everything is in the spot that it should be! Plus computer games were a big deal and the library had computers.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Mandy, by Julie Andrews Edwards. As in, The Sound of Music Julie Andrews. It’s a story about an orphan who finds a house and starts to live in it. And the house has an entire wall just made of seashells. I really liked it! I wanted to live in a house with a wall of seashells.

How about as a teenager?

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and anything by Sarah Dessen. She writes books about teenage girls going through all sorts of trials and tribulations. And there’s always a romantic love twist to it.

And what kinds of books are your favorites today?

I read romance, books about feminism, and depressing classics.

Can you give us a recommendation from each of those?

A good depressing classic would be The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Feminist books… hmm… you could go with the classics like The Feminine Mystique. I would go with that one for the quintessential feminist book. Romance – I really enjoyed the On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. I highly recommend them.

Do you have a favorite movie?

My favorite movie is An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

How about music – what do you listen to?

I listen to hip-hop and rap, cheesy pop songs, and depressing indie singer-songwriters.

Can you recommend some music you like that’s a little more off the beaten path – that maybe we haven’t heard of or don’t hear on the radio all the time?

Childish Gambino is a good rapper with creative lyrics and rhymes.

What’s something you wish more people knew about the library?

Everything is free! And any fines go toward a good use. So if something’s overdue and you have a late fee, that ten cents goes back into the library. And we are welcoming of everyone, regardless of past fines.

Lakeview Community Library is my favorite library in the whole world – it’s even better than the Library of Congress!


Name: Liz

Position: Library Programming Specialist

What do you do at the library?

I get to do children’s programming and some adult programming. My favorite part is doing the children’s Storytime on Friday mornings at 10:15. I do a lot of outreach – I go and read at Gables on the Pond and do readings at schools. I really enjoy getting out and meeting people.

What was your favorite book as a child?

I have many favorite books! Every book I meet is my favorite book! To narrow it down… Heidi would be one of my most favorite ones. A very close second… The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew.

Why did you like Heidi?

I liked Heidi first of all because it was the first book I bought my own self! But the reason why I loved Heidi was because it was about a young girl who gets thrust out into the world to make her own way and to meet new people and learn to love them.

And she got to eat toasted cheese that was toasted over an open fire! And meet Peter the Goatherd! And… it just seemed like such an awesome, awesome life to live in the mountains. And she lived in the mountains, like I did! So I really identified with her.

What was your favorite book as a teenager?

As a teenager… that’s rough to think about. I was very heavily into romance… a middle-aged teenager! One of them was Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It’s about the Civil War and a young girl, again, who’s thrust into difficult circumstances.

And she changes her appearance and cuts her hair and becomes – not a soldier, but becomes a janitor in a hospital and hides from the Yankee soldiers. I was probably a little too young to read it when I read it! But it was a very exciting book, and I loved it very much.

What sorts of books do you enjoy today?

I love every book that I meet, really and truly. It depends on what mood I’m in. Right now, I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction, but I just got finished with reading a lot of non-fiction.

What’s a good science fiction book that you’ve read recently?

Recently? Flashforward. It was on television… that’s how I found out about it. And one of my most favorite fantasy-fiction people is Patrick Rothfuss. He lives here in Wisconsin, so it’s really great to support a Wisconsin author.

What about non-fiction?

A memoir I just read that I really liked was Hillbilly Elegy. It really talked about how your family and where you’re from affects who you are as you’re growing up and what type of adult that you become.

How about a favorite movie?

Favorite movie… it’s going to be Blues Brothers! It’s one of my favorite, favorite movies! It’s funny. It has really great music, and it has awesome humor. But if we’re talking about a movie that’s from a book, it would be The NeverEnding Story. The idea of a never-ending story… that would be the greatest thing on this earth, to have a never-ending story that just kept on, no matter how much you read it, kept on going.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Bluegrass is what I listen to, mostly. But I love all kinds of music. I’m open to listening to anything new.

If someone wanted to get into bluegrass, who should they listen to?

If you want popular bluegrass people, listen to the soundtrack from O Brother, Where Art Thou? It’s also a very great movie. The Clinch Mountain Boys… Ricky Skaggs is awesome… Bill Monroe… oh, and The Devil Makes Three! If you’re a more modern bluegrass listener, listen to The Devil Makes Three. And The Screaming Cucumbers, they’re from Wisconsin, from out in Madison, and they do some nice bluegrass.

What’s something you wish more people knew about the library?

That there’s a lot more things here than books. We have movies, we have play-aways – MP3 players loaded with audiobooks.

And what I also want people to know is that reading is not just sitting down with a book. Reading is also listening to an audiobook… and reading is talking with other people about books. So reading is not actually a solitary pursuit.


Name: Lorie

Position: Library Clerk

What do you do here at the library?

What do I do… it’s customer service. I do magazines and obituaries… cataloging and processing. Just a whole mess of odds and ends.

What was your favorite book as a child?

I would say the Little House on the Prairie series. Laura Ingalls Wilder. I lived on a farm, so I think there was that kind of a connection with me, and I think at that point in time… that was what you read.

How about as a teenager, what kind of books did you read?

That one is harder because I don’t remember what I read. I’m a re-reader, so for me, if I liked Nancy Drew, I probably would have re-read it. The Hardy Boys, because I liked those too when I was younger. But I don’t remember picking any certain genre when I was in high school. I just read what I had to read, and I was okay with that.

And what kinds of books do you read now?

Okay, so, I like sci-fi/fantasy. Or more of an adventure-type book. I’m not real big with the romance! And people say, oh, you should read this book…. If I put the book down and I don’t pick it up for a couple of days, I don’t want to have to stop and think, okay, what was going on in this book when I put it down. So I like something that stays fresh in my head… and I find these genres perfect for that.

And, too, I do read occasional Christian fiction like Dee Henderson. I like her. She had a series… I’m a series person. The more books in a series, the happier I am… as long as the series continues to be good. She had one that was about a family… they were all kind of orphans. They grew up in a home, and they all adopted each other. And so each book is about one person in that family, and I found that kind of interesting.

For suspense, I think Iris Johansen’s standalones are as good as the series she writes.

And what’s a good science fiction or fantasy series?

My two favorite science fiction authors are Anne Bishop and Patricia Briggs. I also enjoy Matthew Reilly. His books read at a very fast pace.

It depends on what you want. Downstairs right now, in Young Adult, there’s a series by Melina Marchetta called the Lumatere series. For me to say there are layers in a book… there are really layers in a book. Because I’m not one who analyzes books. I either like it, or I don’t. I’m not going to tell you why… it doesn’t matter to me. If I don’t like it, I’m just going to say ‘I don’t like this book, and I’m done reading it.”

But I found there were a lot of layers in the book – not only in the characters, but in the story. The story was very layered.

I also like Sarah Maas’s series Throne of Glass. I thought they were very well-done. Upstairs, we don’t have quite so much adventure and sci-fi. That’s what I’m noticing.

Do you have a favorite movie?

Okay… if you ask patrons who can tell them what movie to check out, they will not say me. Because I don’t watch a lot of movies. I mean, I like Star Wars. I remember going to the theater to see the very first one. So that has always been my favorite, I suppose. But I think that would be about it.

Have you seen the new one?

Yes I have!

What did you think of it?

I really liked it, I really did. I thought… a lot of people are saying it’s too much of the old in with the new. But I think they have to tie all the ends together so they can put the series where they want it to go now. So you have to tie up some of the loose ends, bring in those who had seen all that stuff prior and not just the kids who are just seeing it now. So I thought they did a really nice job tying up those bits and pieces.

What kind of music do you listen to?

That’s a little bit harder, too, because I don’t listen to a lot of music! When my son was younger and I would take him to school, we would get in the car, and no sooner would be be out of the driveway, he’d say, ‘what are we gonna talk about today, Mom?’ So, okay, so we’d be talking all the way there and all the way back. And then, when he got older and we were still driving together in the car, he would turn on sports radio, which was okay with me, too. So, consequently, I find myself not having to have music on.

What’s something you wish more people knew about the library?

That it’s okay, if you don’t like a book, to stop reading it. Okay? I will tell you flat out – if you don’t like it, that’s the nice thing about the library: you don’t have to continue reading it. You can come back in and get something else. People feel sometimes like they’re obligated to read things they check out, but I’m like, ‘you didn’t pay for it… you’re not really paying for it out of your pocket, per se, so if you don’t like it… you can just get something else.’

And the library is an excellent place to stop by if you have a few minutes to spare on the way from one thing or errand to another.


Name: Anneliese

Position: Library Clerk

What do you do here at the library?

I’m a clerk here at the library, so I do, you know, checking people in and out, finding books on the shelves… I do some interlibrary loan stuff, so if we can’t find books in our system, I go outside the system to find them. And I’m also the person who does the weekly tech time, so if people have questions about technology, they can come in and ask me.

And I do the website, so if anyone has suggestions about the website, I’m the person to tell them to!

What was your favorite book as a child?

I’ve always had a really bad memory… it’s hard to think back that far. I remember the book Millions of Cats. I remember really enjoying that one. And it’s also got really neat illustrations in it.

And I also had this book when I was really little called Crictor, and it was about a boa constrictor. It was about this old woman who had a pet boa constrictor called Crictor, and he would tie himself into interesting shapes and be entertaining. And then a burglar broke into her house, and he tied up the burglar and saved her.

How about as a teenager?

This might be a little bit before teenager… but one of my absolute favorite books when I was probably… in middle school, I guess? So that would be preteen. It was called Haroun and the Sea of Stories. It’s an amazing book. I’ve re-read it a couple of times since then.

It’s by Salman Rushdie, who has mostly written novels for adults. Maybe some people have heard of The Satanic Verses, which he wrote, because he… there was a fatwa put out on him. He was condemned to death for this book.

Anyway, but this children’s book that he wrote, this young person’s book that he wrote, is about a kid who travels to the world that stories come from because there’s something wrong there that he has to sort of go and fix. And his father is a storyteller. And it’s just… it’s really good. It’s a lot of fun.

What about as a young adult?

Boy… I think, when I was a young adult, I started to get really into – and this is maybe going to sound pretentious, but I don’t want it to – but I started to get into the classics. When you tell people that you like the classics, sometimes they think, ‘oh, those are difficult books’ or ‘those are books that you read when you want a challenge or you want to seem impressive.’

If you haven’t read them, you might not realize how wild and fun they are. I remember my dad giving me The Odyssey to read, and it’s just… it’s a huge adventure! It’s got battles, it’s got a Cyclops, it’s got fights and people falling in love and… people trying to avoid other people who are in love with them… and all kinds of stuff. All about this guy just trying to get home to his wife. And taking years and years to do so, and having all kinds of adventures on the way.

What sorts of books do you enjoy today?

I read poetry because I write poetry. So I like reading books of poetry. Walt Whitman is absolutely my favorite poet. I think he’s really amazing… he’s easy to read. I mean, his language is a little older now, but not Shakespeare-old. And he writes, on purpose, in a style that he wants everyone to be able to understand. And he writes in long phrases; it’s not choppy or confusing in that way. And the stuff that he writes is also really impressive and beautiful.

I’m also kind of on a nonfiction kick, I guess. One of the books that we have here at the library that I really enjoyed is called The Eden Express, and it’s by Mark Vonnegut. It’s in the biography section because it’s his memoir about his first experiences with schizophrenia, personally. Having schizophrenia, and his first sort of mental breaks. It’s a fascinating book.

And I like mysteries a lot!

Do you have a favorite movie?

This used to be the kind of question that was hard to answer, but I totally do now! In fact, I have two favorite movies… which is kind of cheating slightly, but I do anyway.

The first one is called Divided We Fall. It’s set during World War II; it’s a Holocaust movie, sort of like Schindler’s List would be. But it’s set in the Czech Republic, and what’s kind of unique about it is… you know, it’s a story about a couple who are hiding a young Jewish man in their attic to protect him from the Nazis.

But what’s unique about it is that… that’s not the side of Germany that’s going to be liberated by the U.S. or Great Britain or France. That’s the side that’s going to be liberated – quote-unquote, I guess – by the Soviet army. And that’s a very different direction for the story to go in. And despite all that, it’s fun in places, too. It’s very interesting.

And what was your second favorite?

The other movie that I really love is called 3 Idiots… which is a pretty good title! It’s an Indian movie, it’s like a Bollywood movie. And I think, at the time it came out, it was like the most popular or the highest-grossing Indian movie. So it’s got musical numbers in it. They’re a lot of fun; they’re very humorous musical numbers.

Is it about four hours long?

It’s probably three hours long, yeah. And it’s very funny, but it’s also dealing with kind of a serious subject in terms of… the pressure, the academic pressure, that’s put on university students, and especially in the sciences and engineering. Apparently the suicide rate among engineering students is very high there, and this was sort of the director’s response to that. And why does it have to be so stressful? Here’s a different sort of vision of what university and what learning could be like… it could be really fun.

And, of course, there’s a love story!

What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to a lot of different music… I like jazz, I like swing music. These are the things my dad was always playing in the house when I was growing up. The blues, also, which, again, is something that I learned a lot about from my dad. I like listening to Howlin’ Wolf recently. Really good stuff. And you can also watch him play a lot of his songs on YouTube, which is great to see. Son House, another one that I really like.

Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff that I listen to. Doo-wop from the 50s… I like that, too.

What’s something you wish more people knew about the library?

Probably that we can help people out a lot with technology! If you got a new Kindle for Christmas, if you got a laptop for Christmas, if you just went and bought your first smartphone… we can show you how to get books on it or audiobooks. But we can also just answer questions about it. You know, you want to learn how to get your email on your smartphone; we can help you do that. All that kind of stuff.


Name: Beth

Position: Library Clerk

What do you do at the library?

A little bit of everything! Check books in, check them out, clean up stuff, help people find things, organize books. What I like most is processing books, actually. That means taking new books and labeling them and covering them.

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Alice in Wonderland.

Why?

I don’t know… magic, I guess. It’s such a crazy book! My senior project in college was actually on Alice in Wonderland.

How about as a teenager – what sorts of books did you read?

Mostly fantasy and a lot of classics. I still loved Alice in Wonderland – it was still probably my favorite. Also The Lord of the RingsHarry Potter. The Redwall series is one a lot of people forget about. I’m going to reread them this winter! They actually made an animated series – that was on when I was quite young, actually. My dad would have to record it for us because it was on too late on Saturdays or while we were at church on Sundays!

What sorts of books do you enjoy today?

Mostly the same, although I’ve started reading more contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I really like anything about food – I read cookbooks for fun! Recently, I really enjoyed a book about Shostakovich… Symphony for the City of the Dead.

Do you have a favorite movie?

Princess Bride. It’s hilarious… and it’s medieval, and also magical. It hits all of my criteria!

And what kind of music do you listen to?

Mostly classical, actually. Bach is my favorite composer.

It seems like not too many people listen to classical music these days – so what are they missing out on? Why do you like it?

Well, you don’t have to be trying to figure out what the lyrics are! It’s really good study music. And it’s really good if I’m reading – I like to read and listen to music, so therefore I’m not getting distracted by singing. And also, it’s just nostalgic… because that’s what my dad listens to all the time. That’s what’s always on in his car. So it’s just one of those things that connects you.

What’s something you wish more people knew about the library?

I think it’s that we who work here have knowledge of the books to share – that we can recommend things if you tell us “here’s what I like” or “I want to try something new.”


 

Name: Luana

Position: Library Clerk

What do you do at the library? I perform a multitude of tasks which help facilitate the day to day operations of the library. My most important function, in my opinion, is having the opportunity to offer customer service to the patrons of our community and to facilitate their every need.

What is something unique or interesting about yourself? I have had a life-long passion and enjoyment of flowers and all the elements of landscape design that go hand in hand. I have helped various friends and neighbors with their own garden dreams and aspirations and take great joy in the creativity and results of it all!

What was your favorite book as a child?: Unfortunately, reading was not in the forefront of my childhood ears, as I recall, and did not develop a passion for reading until I entered high school and adulthood. In retrospect, a special enjoyment for me working here at Lakeview is to witness all the excitement the small children have for reading and learning and I am appreciative of all of the resources being offered here at the library that encourages reading in the younger population. Reading is so vital to these young minds.

What are your favorite books? I mostly enjoy fiction but am more partial to romance novels these days. Favorite authors in those areas are Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, and Nicholas Sparks. On the more serious side of fiction, I also enjoy medical related subject authors like Robin Cook and still more serious action authors like Dean Koontz and James Patterson. All of these authors have provided me with years of good reading.

Non-Fiction Enjoyment I also enjoy biographies and enjoy learning about the lives of the wives of former presidents and their White House experiences. A very profound and inspiring biography that touched my soul is called In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff. Bob was formerly the co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight–the News Correspondent who was covering news in Iraq when his tank was hit by an improvised explosive device. The book details his experience and the aftermath of this catastrophic event. The beautiful memoir details how Bob and Lee persevered through this ordeal with love and courage and how he survived to tell this amazing story.

Favorite Movie? I have enjoyed many fine movies over the years, but some of my favorites have been: Rain Man, Forrest Gump, Driving Miss Daisy, and Steel Magnolias. I also enjoy going to the theatre and have seen some outstanding plays. Included in this list are:

  • Andrew Lloyd Weber’s most well-known tragic yet hopeful love story–Phantom of the Opera. We saw its original debut when it played in Toronto so it only added to the magnificence of the experience!
  • Les Miserables
  • A Christmas Carol–a timeless presentation that I could see over and over each and every year!

What kind of music do you listen to? I enjoy both country music and 60-70 and 80s soft rock. Music off the beaten path…I enjoy classical music and experiencing the sound of a live symphony. Both genres provide a total experience of peaceful relaxation.

What is something you wish more people knew about the library? An awareness of all the magnificent resources available to all patrons who live within our community! Multiple free resources are available at your fingertips just by visiting the library. Hope to see you soon!


 

Name: Hailey

Position: Library Page

What do you do at the library? I put books away in their correct places so that it makes it easier for people to find them when they want to check out a book.

What was your favorite book when you were a kid? As a kid, probably… If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. My other favorite was Ten Timid Ghosts .

What sorts of books do you enjoy now? I like realistic fiction books – I like historical books, mostly. Not a fan of nonfiction… but I do read them every once in a while. Mainly, stuff that would happen to me as a teenager.

What’s a good book you read recently? That’s always a hard one. I like It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It reminded me a lot of my friends. I love it when I read books and I can relate to the characters.

One I read recently for class – The Kite Runner, which is more of a historical fiction book. I really liked that one.

Do you have a favorite movie? My favorite movie would have to be The Breakfast Club, hands down. I think I’ve watched it probably 75 times, not exaggerating! Otherwise, I love Disney movies, so like Tangled and Up… Pixar movies… Toy Story, Monsters, Inc… pretty much anything cartoony.

And why should people watch The Breakfast Club? I think it’s just kind of  interesting because it’s old, yet you can relate to the people. And it’s kind of cool to just kind of see, like, their world… how it’s the same but also different. And it’s funny, so that’s cool!

What kind of music do you listen to? I listen to pretty much everything other than country… I do not like country. My favorite kind of music is definitely indie or, like, folk… stuff like that. Love Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers. Halsey… I love Halsey. I really want to go to her concert.

And what‘s something you wish more people knew about the library? That it’s a fun place to hang out. And the teen room is awesome for doing homework. I’ve done my homework there multiple times. And it’s just a nice, fun atmosphere.

 


                                                                   Name: Marley

Position: Library Page

What do you do at the library? I shelve books and keep the library in order.

What was your favorite childhood book? I really love the Harry Potter series. It’s just something that I could always read and very fun.

What’s a good book you read recently? I recently read The Great Gatsby. It was very good.

What is your favorite color? Purple

What is your favorite thing about the library? All the possibilities. It always has fun things, whether it’s movies or reading material.