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NLC Staff: Meet Holly Atterbury

Questions and Answers with NLC Reader’s Advisor, Holly Atterbury. She started working with the NLC in our Talking Book & Braille Department in August 2018. Take a few minutes and get to know her better with a few fun questions!

Last thing you googled?   
Nebraska Primary

What’s your ideal vacation? 
Driving up the Pacific West Coast Highway in Oregon, staying in cabins in state parks.

What do you do to relax?  
Embroidery – right now working on something my grandmother started to give to my mom for her upcoming birthday.

If I weren’t working in a library, I’d be …  
in school to become a professor teaching Creative Writing

What movie you can watch over and over again?
Mad Max: Fury Road

What was the last book you read? 
Underland by Robert Macfarlane

What was the last movie you watched?
The Half of It

Three words that describe you? 
Funny, charismatic, and interesting

What smell brings back great memories?
An early summer morning with dew on the grass and a cool breeze – this reminds me of my childhood

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Pet my cats

If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Caution – may contain many tangents

Do you have any tattoos?
Not yet

What is your favorite comfort food when you’re sick?
Chicken noodle soup

What’s your most treasured possession?
I love my 1988 Ford Ranger truck with almost 400,000 miles on it (the engine was rebuilt!).

What posters did you have on your wall as a kid?
Art posters of dragons, dolphins, and wolves

Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
I have a love/hate relationship with roller coasters – because I almost passed out on a roller coaster once

Do you have any pets?
Two cats – Bourbon and Edgar

What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV dating shows

Favorite technology you could not live without?
My cell phone

If you could get rid of one holiday, which one would you abolish? 
Arbor Day and Columbus Day

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oreo Milkshakes

What do you get every time you go to the grocery store?

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NLC Staff: Meet Amanda Sweet

Amanda SweetMeet Amanda Sweet who joined our staff in August as a Library Reader’s Advisor for our Talking Book and Braille service.

Amanda was born in Milwaukee, WI and was raised in the small town of St. Francis, near Lake Michigan. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English with an Emphasis in Publishing from Carleton College. After a brief stint with a literary agency in New York City, she decided to veer away from the making of books and shifted to the circulation of books in the library. As long as she is near a book, she is happy.

It was while working for Beyond Vision, a nonprofit that employs 85% blind and visually impaired individuals, that she began her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. At Beyond Vision she heard tell of some difficulties in raising awareness for TBBS services and she decided it was time to get more involved with the service as a whole. Here at the Commission, she loves the personal interaction she gets with patrons and will be completing her degree in December. If all else fails with the library career, she will content herself as a professional Dorito taster.

Amanda is a lifelong user of libraries and generally has at least one book in her oversized purse at all times. Some of her favorite authors include Sherman Alexie, Patricia Briggs, Dean Koontz, Richelle Mead, and many others. In her spare time she makes jewelry for the Etsy site she shares with her father- Sweetwater Creations. She lives with her boyfriend Sean and, since their move, they both have a craving for Oakland Gyros Greek Restaurant back in Milwaukee. The silver lining is that Amanda loves the people here in Lincoln as well as the new bead store/ art gallery she stumbled upon. Ideally, she would spend her entire weekend holed up with a gyro while reading, watching movies, making jewelry, and mindlessly surfing the web. We are grateful Amanda has joined us.

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