Adrianne may be the Computer Center Supervisor but she is also has an MLIS. She is always listening, learning, and laughing with different podcasts (her current favorites are My Brother, My Brother, and Me, Throwing Shade, and Stuff You Should Know). She also loves animals, especially her pit bull, Onyx.
Reading Specialties: Graphic Novels, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy.
Top Five Books:
- Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
- Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
- Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Erinn is a writer and a librarian, and literally grew up down the street from Northland (she learned to read in the storytime room and her first job was as a shelver. No joke). She runs a popular website about arts in the library space called the Library as Incubator Project, paints and crochets in her free time, and swims for the Flying Fishheads masters swim team, in addition to writing. She’s published two books (yes, they’re in the library!) and is working on three others, because sleep is overrated.
Reading Specialties: Sports Memoirs, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Fiction, Creativity, and Writing.
Top Five Books:
- Gold in the Water by PH Mullen
- Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- What It Is by Lynda Barry
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
As a kid growing up in Southern Illinois, my favorite things were creating art, riding my bike to the swimming pool, and going to the library. Not much has changed, except the state where I live…and I’m married…and I’m a mom…and I’m supposedly a “grown-up” now…well, I guess a lot has changed. But I still love art, swimming, and books. Working at Northland surrounded by so many amazing works by such a wide variety of people is a dream come true.
A primary interest of mine is Readers’ Advisory – helping patrons find the right book for them. I don’t want anyone to leave the library empty-handed. Discovering fiction by new and unknown authors and sharing those finds with patrons is especially rewarding. Anything with flawed, quirky, yet relatable, characters and a story with plenty of twists and surprises will have me up until 2 a.m unable to put the book down!
Reading specialties: Literary Fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Memoir, Knitting, Minimalism.
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
- The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
Recent Favorite Reads:
- The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohleben
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
- Touch by Courtney Maum
Kati lived many lives before finally finding her calling as a librarian – from majoring in musical theater to realizing that isn’t a real major and graduating with a Public Relations degree to realizing she didn’t actually want to work in PR and spending five years making countless drinks at a certain popular coffee chain. In her spare time, she plays video games and debates the finer points of the universe with her cats.
Reading Specialties: Young Adult Lit, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Theater Plays & Scripts
- Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
- Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
- The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zavin
These are a few of my favorite things…books (in this case a few from my cookbook collection) and my cute little red convertible that I’ve been wishing for since I was sixteen. Northland has been my career home since 1983 and I’ve had the pleasure of splitting the years evenly between children’s/teen services and adult services. I started the adult reading clubs, Bookshelf Bingo (summer) and Cabin Fever (winter), because, after all, why should the kids have all the fun? Helping to choose great books for different parts of the collection and helping to connect you with just the right book are my favorite parts of the job. For fun I love to travel with friends and family and do anything that involves food especially trying out new recipes and restaurants. One of my daughter-in-laws decided that we were the most food-obsessed family she had ever met and she just may be right!
Reading Specialties: Audio Books, Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, and Nonfiction that tells a compelling story.
Current top 5 books:
- Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles (audio)
- What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food that Tells Their Stories by Laura Shapiro
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (audio)
- Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner
MARY LEE HART
I graduated from college with a degree in English and started working as a waitress. When my grandmother suggested I might like to be a librarian, I thought “Yeah…I could do that”. It turns out to have been the perfect career for me. I read literary fiction, and especially like reading about ordinary, “unimportant” people in any historical place or period. I loved “Waiting” by Ha Jin, and I love Alice McDermott and Stewart O’Nan. I love coming-of-age novels, like “Paddy Clarke, ha-ha-ha” by Roddy Doyle. I also listen to audiobooks. And I love graphic novels. I get teased for reading dark, depressing books. It’s true. But I’m not depressing, honest!
Reading Specialties: Literary Fiction (the depressing kind!), Coming of Age stories, Audiobooks. Graphic Novels.
Recent good reads include:
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Dunant
- Miss Jane by Brad Watson
- Getting Real about Race: Hoodies, Mascots, Model Minorities, and Other Conversations by Stephanie McClure and Cherise Harris
- Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
- A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
A Central Pennsylvania native, Rebecca holds an M.A. in History from Carnegie Mellon University and a MLIS from Drexel University. Rebecca joined Northland in February 2016 as the Adult Programming Librarian and was promoted in 2017 to the Adult Services Manager. Growing up on fairytales, Rebecca continues to love happily ever afters and all things magical. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys going on walks with her husband and dog, needlework, playing video games, traveling, and–of course–reading.
Reading Specialties: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, History, Historical Romance, Spirituality, Knitting/Crochet/Cross-Stitch
Top Five Books:
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
People have told me that I was born in the wrong century. My personal library and literary taste are very victorian. I enjoy a good victorian novel/or classic book. Otherwise, I’m your international man of mystery. I do enjoy a good detective yarn. I graduated college with a degree in music and economics. My personal library also contains many books on music, cd’s and music scores. Other interests are earth sciences, geography, and statistical lists (fun facts). For entertainment, I play the piano during the week and go out bowling/golfing on the weekends.
Reading Specialties: Victorian Literature, Classical Literature, Mysteries, Fairy Tales, Geography, Books of Lists Music related.
Top Five Books:
- Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler
- The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye
- The “Mrs Jeffries” mysteries by Emily Brightwell
- How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
- Sweeney Todd by Anonymous