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Pratt Profile: Meredith on Adventure, Intrigue, and the Funnest Spot in the Library

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MeredithandGeorgeYour name?
Meredith Veatch

Your age?
29

Your local branch?
Patterson Park Branch

Your favorite spot in the library?
The Children's area, where we have storytime. I love the big round rug that the kids sit on during storytime and the dinosaur mural that's on the wall. It's the funnest place in the library.

What are you currently reading?
Rainbow Valley, by L. M. Montgomery. It's the 7th book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I like the earlier books better, but it's pretty fun to read about Anne's kids.

What book would you recommend to readers right now, and why?
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. This is my favorite book series ever. It has something for everyone. A little fantasy, a little romance, a lot of adventure and political intrigue, plus the best surprise twists I've ever read. After you've read the first four books, you can join me in obsessing over what will happen in book five, whenever it comes out.

What is one book you could not finish, and why?
Life is too short to read books you don't like, so I start a lot of books that I don't end up finishing. A recent one I couldn't get into was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I thought it was really boring.

What are your job title and location?
Children's Librarian, Patterson Park

What does your job entail?
I'm in charge of Children's services at my branch, which means I plan all the activities for kids, like storytime and after-school crafts, as well as doing community outreach with local schools, evaluating the children's collection, working on the Summer Reading program, and answering reference questions.

Describe your typical workday:
I spend most of the day at the reference desk, so I can help people with whatever they need. Interspersed throughout the day, I shelve books, plan programs, do storytime, make book displays, and help people with computers. After school, I spend a lot of time helping kids with their homework.

Describe up to three things you like about working in the library:
I love being involved in the lives of kids who come to the library. Hopefully, I get to make a difference for them, whether I'm a grownup they can trust, someone they can talk to, or just a nice lady who gives them books to read. I also love being one of the first people to see the new books that we get, although my to-read list is about a million books long now.

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