The Goucher community loves to read,
and I want to keep talking about it.
1. Who are you and what are you interested in?
My name is Kristen Welzenbach and I am the Digital Systems and Services Librarian at Goucher College Library. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters Degree in Library Science and a Masters in History. I am a sports junkie, beach lover, obsessive reader, master list maker, and wannabe techie geek. I am a huge supporter of early literacy and encourage people to read whatever, whenever. You don’t have to read the classics or academic publications- read what you enjoy and it will stay with you for life.
2. What are you reading now?
The good thing about not being in school is that I can read whatever I want. I love the Young Adult and Middle Grades genres. Some of my favorites are The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Savvy, Wonderstruck, and Just Listen. My daughter and I are reading the Ramona Quimby books together so that has been a blast to revisit them. I just finished Marcelo in the Real World (excellent) and I am plodding through Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs.
3. What is the most important book you have ever read?
To Kill a Mockingbird was such a pivotal book for me. I read it when I was 13 and I can perfectly remember all the emotions I went through while reading it. I was outraged that Tom Robinson was convicted when it was clear he was innocent, I pictured my father as Atticus the lawyer who fights for good even when it wasn’t the most popular stance, and I hoped that I had a little bit of Scout’s spunk.
I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, not because I think they are literary masterpieces, but because they encouraged people (adults, teenagers, middle schoolers, parents reading to children) to read. I also thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in Harry’s life and in the lives of all of those who attended Hogwarts.
4. If you could suggest one book, what would it be and why?
I really love Brian Selznick’s work. He wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The way he weaves the story between words and pictures is so moving. It reminds me that stories aren’t always about words and what is being said. Sometimes we need to stop and look at the illustrations so we can understand even more of what is happening at a particular time. His books are truly magical!
For those interested, Kristen is running the new e-reader program at the library. Many of the books mentioned in these interviews are available through the e-readers. And the program is free!