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2021 Stress Relief Guide

Have fun! This guide is full of lots of self-care and entertainment ideas from Fant Library, and it's the perfect antidote to 2021 stress.

Library Staff

Hillary Richardson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research

Nickname: "Research Lady"

Superpowers: keyboard shortcuts, wearing cardigans, asking questions, snack drawer

Weaknesses: Stand-up comedy specials

Favorite Book: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Makaila Offutt, Public Services Associate

Sidekick: Barky, the shorthaired pointer

Superpowers: extreme organization and tidiness, speaking in poetics, finding bargains on great books, creating research guides

Weaknesses: puppies and hazelnut coffee

Favorite Books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Rachael Damms, Public Services Associate

Nickname: Hot Damms

Superpowers: pulling articles from the void, robot wrangling, finding weird books, trivia

Weaknesses: puns, podcasts, Spoopy Season, Dirt Cheap

Favorite Book: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Vic Jones, Archives and Special Collections Librarian

Superpowers: finding old things, drinking coffee,

Weaknesses: early mornings and research binges

Favorite Music Artist: Taylor Swift

Catchphrase: "Your friendly neighborhood archivist."

Nichole Bonaventure-Larson, Collection Development Librarian

Nickname: "Fairy Bookmother"

Superpowers: book buying, connecting you to online resources, knitting

Weaknesses: paywalls, tangled yarn, and craft store sales

Latest Read: Ruby Fruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

Amanda Clay Powers, Dean of Library Services

Nickname: Commanda

Superpowers: The Reference Interview!  Balancing the Budget!  Advocating for Libraries!  Zoom Meetings!

Weaknesses: Cow Dairy Products are Kryptonite!

Catchphrase: "Point Yourself in a Direction, and You Will Eventually Get There"

Currently reading  Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames


Russell Brandon, Public Services Associate

Nickname: The Librarian Barbarian 

Catchphrase: "I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm having fun regardless!"

Superpowers: Making something from nothing, boisterous laughter, power of portmanteau (Power Point)

Weakness:  Alliteration, alligators, all-nighters, all-you-can-eat

Favorite Book: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks

Josh Herrick, Public Services Associate

Nickname: Gothic Raconteur

Catchphrase: "Have you tried restarting it?"

Superpowers: Computer repair, conjurer of last minute research articles, gatherer of gothic tales 

Weakness: Early mornings, RPG's, binging horror stories

Favorite Book: The Magicians by Lev Grossman