Meet the Staff: Chase G.

Published Wednesday, March 22, 2023
How long have you worked at the library?

9 months

What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?

Several books, including Peanuts comic strip reprints, as they bring nostalgia and have relatable and entertaining characters, and storybook adaptations and novelizations of movies (like those from Disney and Nickelodeon), as they are interesting and feature familiar stories.

If you were a literary character, who would you be and why?

Charlie Brown from Peanuts, as he tries hard to succeed and not give up despite being discouraged.

What aspects of the library do you think are underutilized?


What is your favorite book format (book, audio, mp3, e-reader, etc.)?

I don't have a favorite. As long as the format is usable and reliable, I can enjoy it. However, I have almost never used an e-reader, and I usually don't use one at all because it somehow feels more comfortable to use a physical book with pages. If there is an audio book available on a vinyl record, tape, compact disc, or digital file, I will be willing to listen to it.

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?

It is a nice and peaceful environment with great people. I love it when I see people I know and we greet each other.

What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure?

Probably children's book-and-audio sets, many of which are old and based on popular family cartoons, TV shows, and movies.

Railway series
What books do you feel guilty for not having read?

I have read many of the British books in the The Railway Series (which was later made into the TV show Thomas & Friends), but not all. And not all were officially released in America, so a few years ago, I decided to import them by buying the British copies online. I still haven't collected all 42 books, and I hope to acquire them all to get more expertise on the universe of Thomas the Tank Engine. I also have never read the entire book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, but I have seen the film adaptation by Tim Burton many years ago. I also have fond memories for the Harry Potter films, but I haven't read all of the original books by J.K. Rowling in their entirety. I hope to really read these classics someday.

Have your reading habits changed since working at the library? If so, how?

I can't say my reading habits have changed in a specific way, but I can say that I have been checking library items out more often since I began working. It's been giving me more opportunities to try out some things new to me, as well as unfamiliar versions of media I have seen, heard, or read. For example, I have read a version of The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, having already seen Disney's classic animated film adaptation, Pinocchio.

What is your perfect reading environment?

I like to sit down (or lay down) on a soft chair, futon, couch, or other flat surface to read. I guess that's my perfect environment for it.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?

I do not have an answer, as it is impossible for me to choose one genre. Plus, this question is not my favorite question ever. I always feel very sick of this old question.

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now?

I don't think I had a favorite book as a kid, but I did love reading so many storybooks, chapter books, and comic books. That probably is still true today.

Before you worked here, what was your worst library transgression?

When I was little, I used to use pencils, pens, crayons, and markers to write or draw things in books I was reading - mostly comic books - and library books were not an exception. Some of these books were in the library I work at now. By now, I know better than to ruin books that are not activity books.