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For The Public, Christopher Derks

Christopher Derks
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My job title: Library Assistant II.

What I do in my job: Help coordinate and run the Penn Valley Satellite Library and coordinate the Book Buddy Program, as well as work for the main branch in Nevada City.

Why my job is important to the public: It helps build and preserve the community.



The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Adaptability and positive attitude.

The best part of my job is: Seeing patrons enjoying books and the library.




The part of my job that I like least is: Calling about missing books.

How I got my job: After patiently waiting one year, and three interviews later, Nevada County hired me.

How long I’ve been working here: Going on two years.

My dream job would be: To work in a very old library with many rare and esoteric books all around me.

My family: My parents, Fred and Pat Derks, and my three siblings, Steve, Lori and Mike, who all live in Rochester, N.Y.

My hobbies: I love to indulge in study, practice and contemplation of the Holy Kabbalah and Gnosticism.

When I was a kid: I would love to hide away and read esoteric books and practice meditation.

If money were no object, I would: Continue to live a very simple lifestyle. Money isn’t a big deal to me.

My dream vacation: Is to visit southern France and see the sacred shrines of Our Lady Mary Magdalene.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: John Cleese.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My spiritual teacher, my fiancee and all my spiritual friends and companions, whom I love dearly.

My hero: Lord Yeshua and Lady Mary Magdalene.

The sbest book I’ve read lately was: “The Zohar.” There are a few different schools of thought as to who actually penned this sacred text. However, the Zohar is considered by many to be the greatest classic of Jewish mysticism and without question is a Kabbalistic work par excellence.

I like living in Nevada County because: I just love the foothills.

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