It takes a village they say. Here at GCPL we are proud of our team. They contribute in various roles to keep library operations smoothly rolling along. They are valued members of the community. The #MeetGCPL blog highlights a library team member and lets you get to know them a little bit more, so when you see them at your local Branch you can connect further.

For this #MeetGCPL we would like to introduce you to Julia Connors. Julia was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, and currently works at our Bainbridge Branch as a Youth Services Assistant.

– Favorite book:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

– Fur baby:
A black cat named Ember.

– Favorite vacation spot: South Carolina
I’ve always loved the ocean–the combination of that natural beauty with all of the history in that area is incredible to me. I lived in South Carolina for a few years, so I also get to visit old friends.

– How she spends her free time:
My two favorite hobbies are knitting and playing the piano. I also love spending time in a coffee shop with a friend or going thrifting!

– Something new she would like to try:
I have always wanted to learn to paint, mostly because I enjoy art so much as a spectator and would love to be able to participate in it.

– Something she suggests you should try:
Go to Iceland! It is stunning, and incredible, and otherworldly. And they love books!

– Most memorable library experience:
My parents took me to the library a lot when I was little. My mom and I would usually pick out picture books together, but my dad would sit in the reading section and leave me and my sister to ourselves. One Saturday afternoon after searching through the shelves for a while, I went to find him, because I had a major problem—my stack of books kept falling over! To my dismay, he made me put most of them back, but I still look back fondly on that day. My other favorite library memory from childhood was learning how to put books on hold online. My mom explained what “juvenile fiction” meant, then let me loose to search for any books that struck my fancy.

– Favorite quote:
I am always inspired by Frodo and Gandalf’s conversation from the Lord of the Rings series about living through hard times:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

– Currently reading:
I just finished a wonderful YA novel called Lovely War by Julie Berry. The story is framed with a tale from Greek mythology about Aphrodite, Ares, and Hephaestus, set in the 20th century. Throughout the book, Aphrodite tells two love stories she helped to orchestrate during World War I. The writing was absolutely beautiful, and the characters felt very vivid and real.