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 Michelle who grew up in a little town called Garrettsville. Michelle now lives just outside Ravenna and currently works at our Middlefield Branch as an Adult Services Assistant.  

– Favorite book:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

Fur baby:
 I have a ginger tabby cat named Liam. He is my little lion boy who likes to eat spiders.

– Favorite vacation spot:
Anywhere I’ve never been! I want to see the world as much as I can. Out of the places I have been to, I have a soft spot for the Lincoln Cathedral in the UK, Appledore Island off the coast of Maine, Putnam Pond in New York state, and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

– Something new they would like to try:
I want to learn caving, surfing, kayaking, mountain climbing, and scuba diving just to name a few. I want to live a more active lifestyle.

– How they spend free time:
I’m currently writing a fantasy novel, but I also love photography and drawing cartoons when the inspiration hits me.

– Something they suggest you should try:
Immerse yourself in a different culture. I think it opens your mind to new ideas, inspires your creativity, and bolsters your empathy for other people.

– Most memorable library experience:
When I was young, I used to go to Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna with my mom. I always expressed interest in volunteering there and even filled out an application, but never heard back! As a kid, my brothers and I would play with hand puppets there. As a teenager I would go on the public computers and play Runescape, Neopets, and read terrible fan fiction. Ah, memories!

– Favorite quote:
“If we wait for the meek to inherit the Earth, there will be nothing left to inherit.” — Bob Hunter, Greenpeace founder

– Currently reading:
Buddha Is As Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living by Surya Das