Amber is a Circulation Specialist who has worked here at FADL since August 2017. She processes Adult Non-fiction, Travel, and Cookbook collections. She’s known around these parts for her fun fashion, extensive travel, and quiet but funny demeanor.
Elissa: What do you love about working at FADL?
Amber: I love interacting with different people every day, and being able to be goofy with my coworkers.
Elissa: Best or favorite part of your job?
Amber: I like the variety of the job. I get to do processing for Circulation and that keeps my hands busy, balancing the money each day keeps my brain busy. I love multitasking and doing different things each day.
Elissa: What is the most misunderstood aspect of your job?/What do people get wrong about your job?
Amber: People seem to think that this job is like a meditative, peaceful atmosphere, and that all we do at work is sit around and read books all day. It can actually get pretty busy. You can be working on something in the back and then a wave of people come in, especially when we have events or storytimes. The weekends seem to get super busy, too.
Elissa: Favorite collection or thing we circ at FADL?
Amber: Definitely the music collection. I feel like it’s fabulous! We have so much to choose from and there’s something for everyone. I’m a huge music lover. I was in my college choir, but I just blend, not trying to be a soloist out here.
Elissa: Are you an alto then?
Amber: I was in the alto section. I think when people hear me speak they assume soprano, but I’m an alto.
Elissa: You’re known to be quite fashionable, always wearing fun leggings, cool layering pieces, and having fun jewelry. What’s your favorite place to shop? What are your favorite pieces?
Amber: I shop at Forever 21, Amazon, Dolls Kill. I like cozy sweaters (note: she’s wearing an oversized shawl-sweater that could be positively compared to a blanket for its warmth and comfort). I also love the KISS-style platform shoes and boots. I have quite a few of those. I always get stares when I wear them out.
Elissa: Do they hurt your feet?
Amber: If you’re on them for a long period of time. If it’s over 2 or 3 hours, then it could start to hurt. You can always just sit and look cute in your boots though.
Elissa: Best book you’ve ever read?
Amber: I don’t think I can choose one, so I’ll narrow it down to the best book I’ve read so far this year. It’s actually a book of poetry by Langston Hughes called The Dream Keeper.
Elissa: What do you love about Ferndale as a community/city?
Amber: I like how everyone just expresses themselves freely and they seem very open but also a close knit community. And I like the good food options. Right now I’m liking Balkan House!
Elissa: How do you spend your days off?
Amber: If I’m not traveling, I’m usually doing something really chill like reading, cooking (I love to cook), listening to music, going for a jog. Really laidback stuff.
Elissa: What do you like to cook?
Amber: Mostly soups and stews like gumbo, one of my favorite dishes. There’s something comforting about having something simmering on the stove, all those nice herbs and spices filling up the house, I love it. I just love food!
Elissa: Do you have a favorite cuisine?
Amber: Southern, especially Louisiana cuisine. That’s where my family is from and that’s what I grew up eating.
Elissa: You’re a known traveller and have jetted off to some fun places in the last year alone! Where have you been and what’s been your favorite place to travel?
Amber: I’ve been to Barcelona, Puerto Vallarta, and Paris recently. Favorite is tough….there are things I liked about each one, but I would have to say Mexico. The food was incredible, I think the best food I had there came from these guys that had a little stand on the sidewalk. They were just street tacos, but the best I ever had. Also the people were really warm, welcoming and friendly.
Elissa: Any pets?
Elissa: What’s the best advice you ever received?
Amber: Probably just to enjoy life, do things that bring you joy and make you happy, and to just not sweat the small stuff.
Elissa: If you were stuck on an island, what would you take with you?
Amber: Can this be the bunny island in Japan? Let’s just pretend it’s that island. So the bunnies are already there. I would want to bring some books that I could read over and over and never get tired of. Some kind of radio for music, and maybe some kind of fishing tool so I can catch fish out there.
Elissa: If I gave you $100, what would you spend it on?
Amber: I do need to get some black boots because my favorite pair got broken in Paris. The bottom sole flopped off. I’d buy more books and tea too.
Elissa: Top three bands?
Amber: Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple (they’re kind of underrated I think), and Journey.
Elissa: Favorite song to sing at karaoke?
Amber: I’ve never been to karaoke. I’m really shy about singing in front of people.
Elissa: Best book-to-movie adaptation?
Amber: The Harry Potter series. I could pick the movies apart, but overall I enjoyed them. I’m hoping to go to Harry Potter World at some point.
Elissa: Chocolate or vanilla?
Elissa: Beach or woods?
Amber: Ooo I don’t know…awhile ago I would have said the woods because I’ve always been afraid of water but I’m going to say the beach.
Elissa: Favorite season?
You can find Amber here and there at the Circulation Desk, where she is known for her politeness and great customer service interactions. You can also see her on our Instagram page in the posts where all the staff ends up dressing alike, though she leads the pack sometimes with her style choices. Say hi to Amber the next time you’re in!
As part of the Biography Section, we invite other staff members to give their kudos to Amber. Here is what they had to say:
Susan: Amber has always been sweet and willing to lend a hand to help out. She’s very calm and helpful at circ, even when it’s super busy. I also appreciate talking about travel with her because it’s something we both like to do. I was happy that we could talk about Paris and that she borrowed one of my French dictionaries when she was there recently.
Kelly: Amber is stylish, cool, well-read and funny. It can take a little time to draw it out of her, but she will make you laugh and laugh! Her work is precise, her perspective on policies and customer service is one I value greatly and she’s helped tighten up the Circulation ship considerably!
Kerrie: Amber is a hard worker that tackles every task with great attention to detail. She’s also exceptionally kind and patient with patrons. She may be quiet, but if you listen hard enough, she’s also very funny.
Marigold: Amber is always so calm, collected, and courteous!
Ed: Amber fairly recently took over the task of processing my new books and has been doing a splendid job. Amber always seems to be on an even keel. One time a patron under the influence was effusively thanking her for something, and he took her hand and kissed it. Amber remained composed and was gracious to him. Then as soon as he was gone, she calmly walked away from the desk saying, “I have to go wash my hand.”
Jeff: Amber is such a diligent worker. Even on the craziest of days, here at the library, she always keeps her cool, and always helps us catch up on so much work. I especially want to applaud her consistent work in creating imaginative new themes for book displays. She has three or four new displays for you to peruse every month!
Jordan: Amber is the perfect person to be the first face you see when you walk into the library. Always pleasant and unfailingly polite, she consistently provides perfect customer service and is a great representative for our library.
Jasmine: I don’t want this to sound weird, but Amber always smells really good! Whenever I walk past her, I wonder, “What is she wearing?” She smells great!
Aby: Amber is a great coworker and an awesome friend. I’ve known her for about 2 years now and she is one of the most helpful people that I know. She can always tell when someone is in need of a bit of cheering up and she will find something to make you smile, be it bunnies, tea, or a funny story. Kindhearted and patient, she takes the time out to help not only fellow staff but also patrons that come through. She does our book displays every week and the patrons always give compliments about her choices and she has yet to steer me wrong with her suggestions. Amber is also an avid tea and bunny lover which straight away tells you how great she is. Each week there is a new tea to try and new bunny stories to share during our tea time. Amber in short is a hardworking woman and a great friend and coworker!