Each month, an ALSC member will be profiled and we will learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just ten questions, we hope to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. This month, our candidate was randomly selected and was kind enough — and brave enough — to agree to participate. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Emily Kazanecki!
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I have worked at Bayport — Blue Point Public Library since late 2005. I started as a children’s page, and now I am a part-time librarian. I work in the Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Reference departments. In the Children’s department, I run a story time program for three-year-olds, which I love, in addition to various other librarian duties.
2. How long have you been an ALA member?
I became a member when I started library school. So, about 2 years.
3. Why did you join ALSC?
I joined ALA because of my professors, but I chose to join ALSC myself. I started my library career in the children’s department, and I have held an interest in that department. I love reading Children and Libraries as well as keeping up with the children’s literature. I plan on taking some online courses in the future, but have yet to do so.
4. Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
Yes, I also belong to YALSA and PLA. I work in a public library with children, tweens, teens, and adults, so it was an obvious choice for me.
5. What is your favorite book of all time?
This is always a hard question for me. I think Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There might be my favorites. I have an edition that contains both novels in one hard cover book. I have read it countless times, and it always brings me back to my childhood, full of imagination. As an honorable mention, I would list Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I’m a sucker for Gothic fiction.
6. Candyland or Chess?
Candyland, definitely. I was a huge board game fan growing up. We had even lost the “Plumpy” piece on our game, and my babysitter drew a new card for him. It looked slightly different than the other cards, so you knew before you picked it up whether or not you had to go all the way back to the beginning of the board. I heard that he has been removed in the recent editions.
7. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a paleontologist for the better part of my childhood. I was obsessed with dinosaurs and dragons. I’m pretty sure that I was convinced that if I became a paleontologist, I could find proof that dragons did exist. Fortunately, I found the right profession to spend the day with dragons — children’s librarian.
8. How much time do you spend reading each week?
Now that I have finally finished all of my schooling, I have more time for leisure reading than ever. I would have to say, on average, I spend about 14 hours a week reading. That’s way more than ever before since I don’t have any papers to write or studying to do.
9. What book are you currently reading?
Pure by Julianna Baggott. I picked up an ARC at BEA in May, and I am finally getting around to reading it. I must say that it is pretty intriguing. Look for the official release in February if you like YA post-apocalyptic novels.
10. Favorite age of kids to work with?
The three-year-olds in my story time are the best! I love that they pay attention, participate, and make really creative crafts. They are also really cute when they tell me little factoids about their lives — real or imaginary.
Thanks, Emily! What a great continuation to our monthly profile feature! (Emily can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our monthly ALSC profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send us your name and email address; we’ll see what we can do.