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Meet the Librarian: Lana

Post Date:05/09/2018 1:50 PM

Welcome to what we hope will become a regular feature: Meet the Librarian!

Lana Profile Picture 2018Tell us about yourself!

Hello! My name is Librarian Lana and I am a new children's librarian with Mesa Public Library’s Main Branch. Growing up, I never expected that I would become a librarian, but in retrospect, I now see the little hints and clues that it would be my true calling. I love being a public librarian because I get to inspire meaningful library experiences that emphasize the fun and importance of reading, as well as encourage literacy, creativity, and curiosity in people of all ages! In my time off, I enjoy being a new mommy, camping, cruising the high seas, visiting cheesy roadside attractions, and binge-watching all kinds of great (and no-so-great) television shows and movies.

Do you have any favorite genres or books? 

Davinci Code Book CoverDefending Jacob book coverMy favorite adult author is Dan Brown! I love his Robert Langdon series because it is a great, fast-paced blend of art, history, technology, and crime. However, (right now) I will say that my favorite book is Defending Jacob by William Landay. It is a fantastic legal thriller that challenges readers to think about how far they would go to protect someone they love. It gripping and dynamic while perfectly melding family drama, the complexities of our legal system, and social inquisition in a small community during the aftermath of a tragedy. Written from the perspective of both a parent and former district attorney, this book will keep you engaged, on the edge of your seat, and reeling from a surprise ending. You’ll definitely have a book hangover!

Some of my favorite youth titles include the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and everything by Roald Dahl.

My favorite picture books are Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Rob Barrett and Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos.Moustache Baby book cover 

What are you currently reading or listening to?
I want to discover and re-discover juvenile fiction now that I am working more exclusively with youth services, so I just kicked off my goal with I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. 

What's one book you've had on your shelf forever but never gotten around to reading?
Wow! Ever since having a baby, this list seems to be growing more and more each day. Let’s see...the top three would have to be Touch by Courtney Maum, The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, and Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin.