Jolee H. is a reference librarian at the Downtown Library. She answers reference questions, orders library material in the arts, presents at Book Bites and contributes to library web pages.
Anne: What interesting arts/crafts books have you seen come in recently?
Jolee: New books on classic comics always are trickling in. They are lots of fun and of high interest. Plunder Island and Marvel Comics in the 1960s arrived. A couple of newer books on art and posters during the WPA era are beautiful and fresh: Posters for the People: Art of the WPA and When Art Worked : An illustrated documentary. A very cute new craft book that hasn’t gotten a lot of press is Make!: over 40 projects with 16 exclusive designs.
Anne: You are an avid reader in spite of being a busy mom and working. What interesting things have you read lately?
Jolee: Funny you should ask! I actively am involved in my son’s class, and I been leading a book club for a 3rd grade reading group. Because of that, my most recent reading has been re-reads for the group. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Both are amazing tween reads, and it has been a thrill to look at them with these young readers again. When I can get back to reading that is entirely my own again, I plan to read Black Hills by Dan Simmons, an alternative history revolving around a young Lakota who believes he is possessed by the late George Custer. Intriguing, yes?
Anne: I know you and your husband like movies. What are some of your favorites?
Jolee: That is a tough one! Both of our movie interests are so eclectic. All time favorites for me are A River Runs through It, Strictly Ballroom and Hope Floats.
Anne: Do you have any reader’s advisory web sites/other resources that you like to use?
Jolee: I check out Fresh Fiction, Goodreads and Teenreads. These are both for my professional needs and personal interests. I also follow a lot of blogs relating to reading and books. Booking Mama is one that is particularly well done and so befitting to my life.
Anne: What has changed in the profession since you started?
Jolee: More has moved to digital. People’s expectations of electronic access has gone up too. At the same time, readers still want books or are able to access certain information from either books or microfilm only. Service demands have only gone up.
Anne: Why did you get interested in librarianship?
Jolee: I was an English and Communication major. Although it’s a fallacy that we get to touch books all day, the love of reading and the interest in connecting people with books and information had a major appeal to me.
Anne: What do you enjoy about being a librarian?
Jolee: I love the variety. I love the idea of the both basic and precious idea of linking people with books. Libraries truly are an arsenal of democracy, not to be taken for granted. That is an idea I can get behind. I completely see the value it the services that libraries offer. I enjoy public service.
Anne: Thanks Jolee!
-Anne R. & Jolee H., CADL Reference Librarians