Meet the Staff – Andrea B.

Each month we invite patrons to Meet the Staff. This month we introduce
Circulation Assistant and gamer Andrea B. who has been with us since November.  Andrea has a wide range of interests and an enthusiasm for recommending titles from a variety of mediums (or media for the English majors out there.)

I have always enjoyed the calm atmosphere and friendly folks that come along with libraries, so working at a library seemed perfect. As a child I basically lived in the library, and it was where I spent most of my free time in school. The librarian in my school enjoyed my company and would even send students to me for reading suggestions when they were having a hard time finding something. Growing up my favorite books where Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series and D.M. Cornish’s Monster Blood Tattoo series.

Before the library, I worked with adults with developmental disabilities to help them live full and abundant lives. That job made me really appreciate the little things in life, because even those small things that make you happy, some people cannot do without help.

In my spare time I like to read, cook, and play video games. I play games like Fallout 4 and Bioshock. I really enjoy games with great stories like Uncharted, The Last of Us, and Metro as well.

Some of my favorite books now include Neal Shusterman’s Unwind trilogy, Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.

When it comes to music I like to listen to Panic! At the Disco. I have followed this band since about fifth grade and as I have grown and changed so has their style of music with each new album.

There are also a few shows I enjoy, Game of Thrones being my favorite by far. I am both excited and sad for the next season to come out, as it is the last and sure to be the most intense and visually appealing of all the seasons.

Some of the best movies I have seen are Stoker, The Voice in the Stone, The Orphanage, Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak. ​Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite filmmakers, and I am super excited for his upcoming movie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is inspired by the eerie children’s series by the same name that I grew up reading.

Through high school and college I have always loved taking art classes. I’ve even done a few murals for friends of my family. I don’t have as much time for art as much now but I paint when I can. I would sculpt too, but I don’t have a kiln.

If I could have a skill that I do not currently possess it would be the ability to play the violin. It is a beautiful instrument, and I really enjoy listening to the violin especially anything Lindsey Stirling plays.

I am most grateful for my family, friends, and my fiance. They surround me with positivity and encourage me to get out and find adventure in life.

Here are more links to Andrea’s list:

Lindsey Stirling by Lindsey Stirling – Lindsey Stirling’s unique merging of violin stylings and electronic dubstep beats has already made waves on YouTube and America’s Got Talent. Here her self-titled debut has been expanded to include several bonus tracks.

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro – Elisa Esposito, a mute orphan, works the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. One fateful night, she discovers the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate and eventually fall in love. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved.

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