Sharon, our circulation assistant and book recommender extraordinaire, worked her last shift today. She will be greatly missed.
Sharon joined the staff about a year and a half ago. She has had a love of reading her entire life.
Here she is in her own words:
“My love of books began at a very young age, thanks to my mother. This was perhaps the best gift she ever gave me.
The first book I remember her reading to me was Charlotte’s Web.
This delightful E.B. White story combined my love of stories and animals. This was also the first book I ever read aloud to anyone.
My pet duck (very unoriginally named “Ducky”) was a very patient and enthusiastic listener.
Working in a library is what I consider a “dream come true” job. It doesn’t get any better than to come to work and be surrounded by books and book lovers.
I’m often asked “What is your favorite book?” I always feel like this is asking a mother “Who is your favorite child?” I love ALL types of books! It is hard for me to choose.
I love history, so historical fictions are high on my list.
Gone with the Wind is an oldie, but it is still one of my favorites. Killer Angels by Michael Shaara is another great historical fiction. I also enjoy a good suspense novel. David Baldacci and John Grisham are two of my favorite authors in this category.
I love to laugh, which often has me turning to books by Fannie Flagg. I grew up in small towns in North and South Carolina. She writes “small town” stories very well.
I have two sons who are now grown with families of their own. It was my mission early on to instill in them a love for reading. (And I love watching them do the same with their children!)
As a military family, we lived in so many interesting places, and there always seemed to be good books and stories related to the areas where we lived. We homeschooled our kids, and I took every opportunity to immerse our family in the local sites and sounds of each new location.
We were stationed on the East Coast for the majority of our military career and were able to visit so many historical sites.
From Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania, South Carolina to Virginia, we journeyed to places like the Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Gettysburg’s Battlefield, and Fort Sumter. My boys were able to see first-hand locations that were a part of founding of and developing of our nation.
As they read about these places in books, the stories were all the more rich because they had visited some of these very locations and walked the streets and hillsides of the stories settings.”
We’ll see you again, Sharon. Thanks for all the happy memories!
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