It’s past time that we met the several new staff members who have joined us, beginning with Jeri who recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Currently, she works behind the scenes checking-in and shelving the many books, movies, and games patrons return. If you catch her working in the stacks, ask Jeri to tell you about her exciting trip to Naples or to recommend a good graphic novel.

My name is Jeri and I am a Page and I started at the library a year ago this February. I wanted to work here because I love to read and really wanted to work with books in some way.

One of my favorite writers is a British author named Alice Oseman. My favorite books from them are the Heartstopper graphic novels and Radio Silence. My goal this year is to read the rest of their books that I received this Christmas!

If I had to pick one movie to watch for the rest of my life, it would be the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Everything from the music to the artistic filming makes it my most favorite movie. I have seen it more times than I would like to admit, and it never gets old.

Outside of work I am either working as a freelance book editor, or I am relaxing with my pets. Some of my hobbies are journaling, drawing, or binge-watching a Korean drama. Sometimes during the weekends, I like to explore St. Louis and find some amazing spots to check out.

One thing I wish I could do more is travel. I have so many places on my bucket list to visit.

My favorite trip so far, and one that will probably always be my favorite, is spending a month in Italy on an island called Ischia which is right off the coast of Naples. My dad was in the Air Force and because of that I was born in Naples, Italy.

Growing up, I always wanted to visit the city and country that I was born in. It took over 20 years, but I finally got to see Naples. It was the most life-changing experience. While there, I also got to visit Rome and Pompeii. The next place on my bucket list I would like to visit would probably be England, Scotland, or Ireland.

More about Jeri’s favorites:

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman – Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.

Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they’ve never met … until one day when they’re made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.

But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.

Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman – Nick and Charlie are best friends, but one kiss has changed everything. In the aftermath, Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t interested, but Nick is more confused than ever. Love works in surprising ways, and Nick comes to see the world from a new perspective. He discovers all sorts of things about his friends, his family, and himself.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

Heartstopper Volume 3 will be out later this year.

Pride and Prejudice – Mr. Bennet (Donald Sutherland), an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane (Rosamund Pike), the clever Elizabeth (Keira Knightly), the bookish Mary (Talulah Riley), the immature Kitty (Carey Mulligan) and the wild Lydia (Jena Malone). Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family’s future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness.

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