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Meet the Staff: Ashley

Nov 10th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'm here to help you. Need to learn how to download an ebook? Want to know which paranormal romance novel to read next? Planning a trip and want to know the weird roadside attractions along the way? Just ask. If I can't find the answer, I'll direct you to someone who can.

What book has changed your life and how?

It's hard to narrow it down to one book, but the first book that I recall changing my life was Cherry by Mary Karr. Karr says it was her response to the lack of female coming-of-age novels. And that's how it read to me. In this book I found the female counterpart to Holden Caulfield. And it was the first time I saw myself and other young women around me represented in literature in an authentic way.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

The Lonely Doll series by Dare Wright. It's the perfect amount of creepy and absurd.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

My signed copy of Richard Hell's I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp. Or my hat. It's a great hat.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I throw around the term "spirit animal" more than I should. Anyone from Jem to Patti Smith to Joan Didion has been hash tagged spirit animal. But I think my true spirit guide animal would be a crow.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Ashley.