What is the best way to get to know a librarian? By getting them to talk about books, of course! Each month, we will introduce you to one of the librarians of Ohrstrom Library. This month, we talked to Ms. Brittany Shaughnessy, our Technical Services Coordinator.
We asked Ms. Shaughnessy…
What was your first library?
“Walpole Elementary School was the first library I remember really enjoying. I wasn’t someone that picked up reading very quickly, in fact I really struggled with learning to read as a child. I found the Walter Farley books there and devoured all of them. I do remember one time I was very determined to read the longest book in the library (The Count of Monte Cristo) and the librarian wouldn’t allow me to take it out. That rankles me to this day, why do you have it if you won’t let your students take it? Nonsense.”
Who are your top five favorite authors?
“Currently – Naomi Novik, Judy I. Lin, Sue Lynn Tan, Romina Garber, and Ocean Vuong.”
What are your three “desert island” books?
The Amphigorey by Edward Gorey. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is so morbidly funny.
The Scholomance Trilogy by Naomi Novik
Anything illustrated by Arthur Rackham
What is the last book that made you laugh or cry or both?
“Crying in H Mart had me crying in my Corolla.”
If you could time travel, when and where would you go?
“May 4th, 2009. Westminster, Vermont.”
What is your favorite room in Ohrstrom Library?
“I love the view of the Chapel from the Reference Room.”
What was your favorite subject/class in school?
“I loved Art and English classes. I once got a detention in chemistry for reading The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. I had just seen the movie adaptation and was already a big fan of Gillian Anderson from the X-files.”
Why do you like being a librarian at SPS?
“I love seeing all the new books and helping the students.”
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