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.
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 email@example.com.