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This page is a work in progress.  Each month in 2014 we will feature a staff member on facebook and the main page of our website.  They will also be added to this tab on our site.

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Name: Alisha Whitis

Department/Title: Circulation Supervisor/Inter-library Loan/Volunteer Coordinator

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t:  There are a few Francine Rivers books that I want to eventually read.

Book you’ve read too many times to count: The Bible

Favorite genre: Christian Historical Fiction—my favorite author is Gilbert Morris

Do you currently have any overdue items or fines?  Yes, I do have one children’s book overdue—but I’m not done with it!

Your favorite book from childhood?  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

What superpower would you like to have? I would like to time travel.  I’d prefer to go back in time instead of to the future.

What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out?  Really just being home with my family is my favorite.  I enjoy people watching at the mall (LOL) and trying out new restaurants.

Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill? volunteer experience? etc):  I have been married for almost nine years and we have a three year old girl.  I have a B.A. in Youth Ministry and an M.A. in Counseling.  I will be going back to grad school to get my MLS (Master’s in Library Science) the end of January.  In my “spare” time I love watching old classic B&W movies.  I play the tenor saxophone, flute, piano, and sing.  I also enjoy dabbling in poetry and the arts (oil pastels, drama, etc).  I am absolutely NOT athletic!!!

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Name:  Carol Wohlford

Department/Title:  Administration/Director

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven/t:  Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of

Human Societies, by Jared Diamond.  It was published in 1997, won the Pulitzer

Prize and others.  The National Geographic Society did a documentary on it on

PBS in 2005.  I have bought the book, I have checked out the book from the

library.  I have never read it, and I don’t know why!

Book you’ve read too many times to count:  Gone With the Wind, by Margaret

Mitchell.  I first read it as a fifth grader, then read it every year for decades

afterwards.  But several years ago, I put it down, once and for all.  I don’t re-read

books anymore.

Favorite genre:  I enjoy, most, literary fiction, defined by Wikipedia as works that are

often “complex, literate, multilayered novels that wrestle with universal

dilemmas”.  But I also really enjoy speculative fiction, which encompasses:

utopian/dystopian fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural,

apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.

Do you currently have any overdue items or fines?  Oops!

Your favorite book from childhood?  Toby Tyler, by James Otis Kahler.  It is a classic

tale of a little orphan boy who runs away to the circus and is befriended by a

monkey.  They have to find an escape from a very cruel circus master.

What superpower would you like to have?  Definitely, invisibility!

What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out?  I like to hang out wherever my friends and family are.  If there is a KU game on, that would be at one of our houses or at the Field House.  If we’re going out to eat, we like anything on or       around Massachusetts Street in Lawrence.  But I’ll hang in Italy any old time, given the chance, too – with or with out family and friends!!!

Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill?  volunteer experience?  Etc.):  Let’s see . . . I

was recruited in college to joint the CIA (perhaps because my majors were French

and Russian???).  I was Slavic librarian at the Smithsonian.  I have five grown

children.  I’ve studied in Paris, lived a year in Japan, love to sing and play piano

and guitar, and paint in acrylics.  I have managed a successful Mayoral campaign

in Wichita and a successful library building campaign in Andover, KS.  I lived

with my family in Wichita for almost thirty years, but returned to my hometown

of Lawrence a little over a year ago.

 

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Name: Crystal Blackmore

Department/Title:  Circulation Clerk

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Book you’ve read too many times to count: The Four Doors by Richard Paul Evans

Favorite genre: Historical Novels

Do you currently have any overdue items or fines? No

Your favorite book from childhood? Little House on the Prairie

What superpower would you like to have?  To be able to fly all over the world…also to maybe find “Mr. Right”.

What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out? BBQ’s and movie nights with family/friends, enjoy Mexican food, going to air shows, and visiting gardens

Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill? volunteer experience? Etc:  W.S.U. graduate in elementary education but taught H.S…go figure?  Enjoy family times with daughter and family, have two grandkids–Lilli and Cole, choir, church, swimming, square dancing, two-step, concerts, cookouts, and playing cards.

 

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Name: Linda Weeks

Department/Title: Children’s Services

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t: Harry Potter

Book you’ve read too many times to count: The Monster at the end of this book

Favorite genre: Picture books

Do you currently have any overdue items or fines: Nope

Your favorite book from childhood: Trixie Belden

What superpower would you like to have: Super vision

What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out? Disney World

Interesting bonus fact(s): I make jewelry

 

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Name: Whitney Weld

Department/Title: Circulation Clerk

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t:  Pride and Prejudice

Book you’ve read too many times to count:  To Kill a Mocking Bird

Favorite genre: Young Adult Fiction

Do you currently have any overdue items or fines?  Of course I don’t!! I paid them last week.

Your favorite book from childhood?  Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch

What superpower would you like to have? The Ability to breath underwater.

What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out?  Any place with a great Guac Burger.

Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill? volunteer experience? Etc:  I can wake myself up if I don’t like the dream I’m having.

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Name: Lindsey Sanchez

Department/Title: Assistant Children’s Librarian

Book you’ve always meant to read but haven’t: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.


Book you’ve read too many times to count: Olivia. My daughter just loves her.


Favorite genre: Children’s Literature


Do you currently have any overdue items or fines? Not at the moment! But I do renew our books quite often!


Your favorite book from childhood? The Monster At The End Of This Book. My grandma used to read that book to me all the time!


What superpower would you like to have? I would want to be able to teleport. I would go back and forth to Disney every day!


What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out? My daughter is a big fan of the Toy Store downtown and we go to Target more often that I’d like to admit.


Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill? volunteer experience? Etc: I have the two greatest jobs in the world. I love being a mom to my daughter, Violet, and I love working here. Being able to have fun with these great kids every day and then going home to play with my own child is a wonderful experience.

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