FOR THE PUBLIC: Carol Anderson, Grass Valley |

FOR THE PUBLIC: Carol Anderson, Grass Valley

My job title: Library Technician, Nevada County Library

What I do in my job: Obtain interlibrary loans, books from other libraries that our patrons want that we don’t have. Also, lending our books to other libraries.

Why my job is important to the public: Interlibrary loans give everyone access to (almost) every book there is. Some of my patrons are researching for school, or family history, or writing their own books.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Tenacity! Good communication and computer skills.

The best part of my job is when: I get a book that was really hard to find or obscure.

The part of my job I like least is: Telling a patron that I was unable to find a title.

A day of work I’ll always remember was…: My first day. I’d never met so many nice people at once. They made me feel so welcome, especially Lu Cardoza (she was killed in an auto accident last summer.)

How I got my job: While I attended Sierra College I worked in the library there. After I graduated, this job at the county library was available. It seemed like a logical transition.

How long I’ve been working here: since July 2001.

My dream job would be: Less hours so I would have more time for family, gardening and traveling.

My family: I live in Grass Valley with my boyfriend of 10 years. My dad lives in Chicago Park. My two sisters live close by and my brother is in New Mexico.

My hobbies: gardening, canning, road trips, camping, hiking. Music: bluegrass, metal, world, you name it! Playing cards and board games.

When I was a kid, I …: Grew up in Chicago Park riding horses. I loved tagging behind my dad when he had projects and gardening.

If money were no object, I would: Buy a modest house with room for a big garden and animals, and travel whenever I could get away.

My dream vacation: A camping and hiking road trip across the United States, lots of time in the Black Hills, and meeting some of my dad’s family in Tennessee.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My parents. They taught me responsibility and common sense.

My hero: My mom. She always had some wisdom to share when you needed it. She died last summer, but I know she is still with me when I need her.

The book I’ve read lately was (and tell us why)… “True Tales of Tahoe” by Mark McLaughlin, short stories about local history. I love reading that stuff.

The soundtrack to my life would include these songs: “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “That’s Amore.”

I like living in Nevada County because… : I’m close to my family. Geographic features like the Yuba Rivers. The rich local history is neat, too. This is where I grew up so it will always be home. Yes, I even like the climate. I wouldn’t mind a couple of good snowstorms though, like the good old days! And we have a great library!

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