Interview with Andrew Horner, Director of Converse-Jackson Township Library

Paula Newcom, Northwest Regional Coordinator,  recently visited the new Director of the Converse-Jackson Township Library, Andrew Horner. He is a graduate of Purdue University and worked previously at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer as Area Director.  Working in libraries is a new endeavor for him.  He is definitely enthusiastic about learning all aspects of public libraries!  He is an avid history buff and loves helping out on the family farm.

Andy Horner

PN: Are you from the area?  If not, where are you from originally?

AH: I am from the area. I grew up in the small town of Amboy, in Miami County.

PN: What inspired you to work in libraries?

AH: I have always loved books and people and small towns. I knew that I wanted to be in the area that I grew up in and this job allows me to combine all of my loves at once!

PN: What is your favorite thing about working for your library?

AH: The people!! I love our patrons and the fact that in a small library, we know our patrons by name. Someone comes in and they feel welcome and at home. To help with and be a part of that is a wonderful feeling!

PN: What is your favorite book?

AH: My favorite book is the Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

PN: If you could have dinner with any three famous people in recorded history, who would they be and why?

AH: I would pick Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi. These men are considered great leaders who lead by peace and love. I would enjoy speaking with them about how they lead and stick to peace in a sometimes violent world.

PN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?

AH: I enjoy reading and watching TV. I grew up on a small family farm and love going home to help my parents whenever I can. Family is very important to me and I love being there for them whenever I can!

This blog post by Paula Newcom, Professional Development Librarian. For more information, contact the Professional Development Office at (317) 232-3697 or email