Library Look: Maria Dike, La Grange Public Library

Maria Dike | Submitted
Maria Dike | Submitted

This edition of Library Look brings us the La Grange Public Library’s Maria Dike, Patron Services Clerk.

Q. How long have you been with the library?

A. I have been with the library since October 2012. Before coming to the library, I was a paralegal until I decided to stay home when my son was born – almost 11 years ago.

Q. What is your favorite part of working at the library?

A. My favorite part of working at the library is talking with the patrons as well as fellow staff about what they are reading, listening to or watching. It’s great when patrons share their opinions about items they either really liked or really hated.

Q. What is something library users may not know about you?

A. Something patrons don’t know about me is I love to look at cookbooks. Coming up with a recipe is a very creative process. I get a lot of inspiration from the professionals. I also like looking at the pictures. A good cookbook must have a lot of color pictures.

Q. What do you think is an underused feature of the library?

A. The most underused features of the library are the e-readers/tablets available for La Grange Public Library patrons to check out. They always have the most popular titles loaded onto them. Why wait on a long hold list when you can take the book home on an e-reader today

Q. What is your favorite book and why?

A. One of my favorite books is “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy. It’s an adult fiction book. The storytelling feels very personal and the characters overcome so much and learn a lot about themselves through their struggles.

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