Neato! I was featured in an interview with my library’s *Match Makers!*

Better Know a Library Staffer: Cassandra

Here on the blog the other Matchmakers and I share what we are reading, watching, or listening to quite frequently, but we don’t often hear from our other staff members all over the library system. Now, we will be sharing interviews from other staff members so that you the reader can see what we’re reading/watching/listening to all over the Heights Library system!

This interview comes from Youth Services Associate Cassandra!


What book are you reading at the moment? What are your thoughts on it?

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Ivy Pocket is so sassy and clever! A Darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tale about a twelve-year-old maid who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts, and intrigue. This is the second book of her spooky adventure. This juvenile fiction series that has had me literally laughing out loud and swooning over the illustrations simultaneously. I’m really enjoying it!

What kind of books do you typically read?

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Tons of Non Fiction about things that interest me. Various aspects of arts development, monsters and movie magic, tiki culture, vintage fashion, diy projects, oddities and the occult, healthy living and eating, things about the earth, self improvement, etc Within my one year of working at the library, I have dived deep back into the world of Fiction. It used to take me FOREVER to read a book cover to cover. Lately I can hardly put anything down! I’m mostly into Horror, Science Fiction, and anything with whimsical or magical elements. etc.

Lately, the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs has really resonated with me. Anything reminiscent of Lovecraft, Tolkien, or Gaiman usually draws me in instantly. Sometimes I’ll pick up really weird, dark, graphic novels as well. I recently liked The Black’mor Chronicles a lot.

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Since I am in Youth Services, I obviously read a lot of picture books and juvenile fiction. Being so influenced by macabre and unusual, I have an amazing list of spooky titles that I’ve liked and have given out countless recommendations. One of my favorite parts about picture books is the artwork and illustrations. I love anything Gris Grimly has done. In general though, I am a sucker for a good story.

Have you ever pretended to have read a book? If so, which one and why?

It drives me crazy when people pretend to do anything! I have never done this. If I’m not digging a book, I will just stop reading it. Latest example of something that I had to stop reading was The Night Circus, I’m not sure what all the hype was about!


Which do you prefer: movies or television?

Having a background in Special Effects, movies were my first love and always will be. There a lot of really great shows out there that have gotten my attention though. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. I also watch a lot of documentaries based on things I’m interested in.

Have you ever binge-watched a show? If so, what was it?

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Of course I have. Most recently Penny Dreadful, Vikings, & The Knick.


What kind of music do you enjoy?

Rockabilly, Surf, 60’s Garage, Post Punk, New Wave, Deathrock, Doom Metal, Southern Gothic Americana, 50’s revival, etc etc etc.

Have you found any new or new-to-you artists/bands lately?


I recently got a cool compilation from the library called *Halloween Nuggets – Monster 60’s a go go * It’s hours of 60’s Horror Themed Garage Rock- it was awesome!

Other bands I’ve been into lately include Windhand, Messer Chups, The Sterling Sisters, and Hola Ghost, just to name a few.

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Do you listen to different music based on the seasons?

Seasons hardly effect my music preferences for me personally. It really depends on what I’m in the mood for or more importantly, what I’m doing. When I’m reading, I listen to really chill medieval neofolk type stuff. But if I’m crafting, I listen to loud doom metal or something upbeat that I can sing along to.

Anything else you’d like to add?

This is a great idea to feature interviews with staff members. I am honored to have participated 🙂

Thanks Cassandra!

Library Card Sign Up Month Display

My library is participating in September is National Library Card Sign Up Month and I made this display to promote it!



September Is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Libraries in Cuyahoga County are celebrating National Library Card Sign Up month (September 1-30) with the Card for Every Kid campaign! A Card for Every Kid aims to put a library card into the hands of every child under 18 in Cuyahoga County.

You can celebrate with Cuyahoga County libraries in two ways:

  1. Get your child a new library card. It’s easy: just stop in at your local library!
  2. If your child already has a card but has fines, bring your child to your library to have those fines forgiven.

Fine forgiveness is a one-time benefit of the campaign.

Visit your community library starting September 1, and help us make sure every kid in Cuyahoga County has a library card.

Parents, please help us learn about kids and library cards by taking our brief survey.  You can get $5 off your fines!

and to learn more click here

Adult Fiction that I’m digging right now

Here’s a *Top Ten* of Adult Non Fiction that I’ve read lately

  1. Famous monster movie art of Basil Gogos 
  2. Smugglers Cove
  3. The Oldest Living Things in the World
  4. The Little Free Library book : Books in action

Hotel Transylvania 2 @ Coventry Library



Work is never dull, we are always up to something fun!

Heights Library and Coventry Series teamed up and hosted an outdoor screening of

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2 !!!!! Which is an awesome kids friendly coming of age film.

I spent the evening making bat crafts with kids and passed out a bunch of freebies to our patrons.

Once it got dark, families were able to watch the movie on the huge outdoor screen.

All in all, a pretty fun night!


Solar *Art*!

I’m doing a Solar Power program at work, and am trying out this new Solar Paper that I’ll be using with the kids to make *ART*.The SunPrint Solar Paper lets you make pictures by placing objects on the paper and exposing it to the sun. The paper undergoes a chemical change when exposed to sunlight. Then it is soaked in water and is done! I did this quick composition out of various leaves, twigs, and rocks that I found in our garden

Ten Picture Books I’m digging right now

Since I am a Children’s Librarian, it’s no surprise that part of my job is reading picture books. I READ SO MANY!!!  Here is a list of ones that have resonated with me and the macabre, whimsy, and unusual subjects in which I am interested in.

1) The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – Joyce Williams

2) Vampirina Ballerina – Anne Marie Pace

3) Skelly, the Skeleton Girl  – Jimmy Pickering

4) The Whisper – Pamela Zagarenski

5) If I had a Gryphon – Vikki VanSickle

6) Frangoline and the Midnight Dream –  Clemency Pearce

7) Z Is for Zombie – Merrily Kutner

8) City Witch, Country Switch – Wendy Wax

9) Bats Around the Clock – Kathi Appelt

10) Zombie in Love – Kelly DiPucchio