Pratt Profile: Librarian Ellie Luchinsky

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Flim Flam CoverYour name?
Ellie Luchinsky

Your age?

Your local branch?
Central Library

Your favorite spot in the library?
A single favorite spot? There are so many! I'll have to go with the Children's Department, with the fish pond, the fireplace, the open book hassock, and the kids running around.

What are you currently reading?
I never read only one book at a time. Right now at home I'm reading Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, which I've never read before. At work on my lunch break I'm reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. I carry a Kindle in my purse for all other time I can grab to read, and there I'm re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

What book would you recommend to readers right now, and why?
Flim Flam! The Truth about Unicorns, Parapsychology, and Other Delusions by James "The Amazing" Randi. It's a fun introduction to critical thinking by a magician who writes like a curmudgeon and is actually one of the sweetest people I've ever met.

What is one book you could not finish, and why?
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman. I thought it would focus more on his accomplishments in the lab than it did.

What are your job title and location?
Department Manager, Humanities Department

What does your job entail?
I over see the work in the department, supervise the staff, approve the book and audio orders each month, help customers, answer all sorts of questions, fascinating and otherwise, and work together with other managers.

Describe your typical workday:
I spend two to four hours a day helping customers by answering reference questions, finding books and audios, and aiding in computer use. At other times, I check on schedules, work on bringing the collection up to date, and work with other managers to help keep this library at the top of the field.

Describe up to three things you like about working in the library:
I love working with the public. It's an adventure every day, and you never know what will happen next.

I work with some amazing people. It's like working in a candy store.

Whenever I think of something I want to read, it's right there for me!

Watch a video tour of the Humanities Department with Ellie Luchinsky.

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