Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Waukee Public Library Staff

With working-from-home becoming the new-norm, we are all spending more time than usual in the company of our pets—much to their delight, horror, or indifference depending on species and personality.

And maybe we've gone a little crazy not being able to see and talk face-to-face with you all about book recommendations, but as librarians we can't help but wonder:

If they could, what would our furry coworkers read? 

Meet the fluffy (and leafy) pets of the Waukee Public Library staff and their pawsitively favorite books that match their personalities purrfectly.


Marie - Public Services Assistant

An introverted canine, more cat than pup, you can currently find Hazel reading Garfield...between naps and snacks, of course. 

Joanna - Children's Programming Specialist

Vera considers herself well read for a houseplant, but the books she loves best all include plant life as a recurring character. Here is a pic of Vera reading one of her all-time favorites, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

Brenda - Shelver

Leo’s favorite book is Cookie’s Week because it makes him feel like a really good cat since he doesn’t get into near that much trouble. 

Laura - Patron Services Librarian

As a newly adopted and former stray, Molly spends a lot of time trying to convince us to be outside. Freezing temps, sleet, torrential rains - nothing stops her. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk confirms her beliefs that -20 below really isn’t that bad, her people just need to buy warmer clothes.

Alex - Adult Services Librarian

Dia (which is short for 'dia'bolical when she's up to no good) is a firm believer that books should only be read in the company of fuzzy blankets. And where there are fuzzy blankets there will always be naps. So, with this philosophy in mind, Dia prefers to read short story collections so that she take cat naps between stories. She recommends The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke—because she loves stories full of mischief and magic.

Judy - Public Services Associate

Bailey, better known as Bayzer the Super Girl, would like to read about heroes. They come in many different shapes and sizes! Adults, children, women, men, doctors, and animals....just to name a few. Her favorite is Lassie, and she is showing off her vintage copies with copyrights of 1958 and 1959. Bailey would love to read about the heroes in The Nightingale, the Harry Potter series, Unbroken, and Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. "Up, Up and Away" as Underdog would say!

Kristin - Public Services Assistant

Keg loves to read about other rescue animals like himself.  Tarra & Bella has become a favorite because he misses his best doggie friend Sadie.


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