Amanda Brogan

Youth Services Assistant

“I wonder... what’s in a book while it’s closed. Oh, I know it’s full of letters printed on paper, but all the same, something must be happening, because as soon as I open it, there’s a whole story with people I don’t know yet and all kinds of adventures and deeds and battles... All those things are somehow shut up in a book. Of course, you have to read it to find out. But it’s already there, that’s the funny thing. I just wish I knew how it could be.” ~ Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

I think like most people, I have a lot of fond memories of spending time at the library as a child. I used to go to the library with my mom after school, and we’d spend hours reading together. My favorite space in the library was the children’s room, where I found a secret spot to sit and read. This is partly why I work in Youth Services at SPL. I don’t think there is ever an age to stop reading children’s literature.

One of my favorite books is Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. I also read a decent amount of science fiction, and I love Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I love everything I’ve read by Haruki Murakami, especially Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84. I’m currently in school studying Library Science and working towards my MLS! 

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