Our Team

Find out more about the bloggers that bring you all the latest and greatest in the world of books, movies, TV series and everything else WPL has to offer!

LESLEY L.

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I’m Lesley. I’ve been behind the desk at the John M. Harper Branch since it opened in 2011. Before that, you could find me shelving books at the Main Library.

I fell in love with books back when my Mom read to me before bed. My most requested books was The Littles – a story about a miniature family that lived inside the walls of a house owned by the Biggs family. From there I graduated to reading about Ramona Quimby. I used to copy her cat shaped “Q” inside my notebooks. Now I read anything Teen – contemporary, dystopian, fantasy – that comes across my desk.

NANCY C.

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Hello fellow readers! My name is Nancy. I am a retired banker and for the last six years have been working at my dream job as an Information & Circulation Assistant at the John M. Harper Branch. I feel like a kid in a candy store! To have access to so many books, movies and DVDs seems like a dream come true.

I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie series as well as all of the Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Donna Parker, Bobbsey Twins and Cherry Ames offerings. As I grew older, I devoured Irving Stone’s historical fiction as well as Sidney Sheldon, James Michener, Jeffrey Archer, Leon Uris, Taylor Caldwell, Arthur Hailey and yes…. even a little Harold Robbins!

I believe that my early exposure to reading has helped me to develop an appreciation for all sorts of writing. From fiction and non-fiction to poetry and even graphic novels, I have had the joy of being lost in the words and stories penned by some of the most amazing authors. Now, as a grandparent, I am so blessed to be able to watch and experience my grandchildren as they embark on their reading journey. What a joy!

PENNY D.

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Wow, I have been working at WPL for almost 10 years now. What I love about books is how you can get totally lost in them. You put your nose into a book, and somehow before you know it, two hours have passed.

I enjoy many kinds of books, but particularly like mysteries, and non-fiction (biographies, health & wellness, and politics).

I’m fond of travelling (the top two on my bucket list: Salisbury, England—where my family comes from– and ancient Greece), yoga, my veggie garden, hanging out with my cat, the Beatles, Sudoku, a glass of red wine now and then, and starry, starry nights. And I never say no to an offer of chocolate.

PENNY M.

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I’m Penny M. I work in the Collections Department at the Main Library which means I have one of the best jobs in the building – I work in the department where boxes and boxes of new books, CDs and DVDs first arrive. We have that incredible smell of new books in here several times a week. I also work at the Circulation and Information desks where I see the shiny new materials go home with our customers and then hear about them when they are returned.

Reading and going to the library has been a part of my life since I was young. I grew up in Hamilton, ON where my mother would let me take the city bus down to the main library and spend my Saturday mornings there. She would let me take a packed lunch and a thermos of milky tea so I wouldn’t have to hurry home until I had found all of the very best books. I have never lost the thrill of knowing that I have a bag filled with fresh stories to get me through the week nor have I lost the taste for milky tea to go with them.

I don’t really have a favourite book or author. Every week in the boxes of new books there is something that is so good that I can say to a customer or a friend that “I am reading the best book right now” and that doesn’t mean that it is my favourite or better than the last one, it’s just the best one right now. Who knows what will be in the bag I take home from the library next week?

LAURIE P.

2017 Head Shot - CroatiaI’m Laurie P. and I currently work as a Library Assistant at the Main branch, but over the years I’ve also worked at the McCormick and Harper Branches, so you’ll see me occasionally working their Information Desks too.

Books have always had a place in my life but in varying degrees over the years. As a child I read a fair bit – I went through my Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables and Sweet Valley High phases followed by a little less reading as a teen and even less once I was busy at University and College. It wasn’t until I had my three kids that my love of reading was sparked by a little book series featuring a boy wizard. After that, I was wholeheartedly addicted to reading.

Books are a huge part of my life. I read over 125 books per year and I enjoy mixing it up with different genres. In 2009, after friends and family’s repeated requests for book and recipe suggestions, I turned my love for all things bookish and tasty into a personal blog – The Baking Bookworm – where I review the books I read and also share my favourite recipes. I regularly connect with fellow readers on GoodReads, Instagram, Litsy and Twitter – book lovers are everywhere! I also enjoy going to author events to get personally signed copies and chat with authors. I’m unabashedly a book nerd.

As a Library Assistant, books tend to follow me home and I always have quite a teetering TBR (To Be Read) stack because the thought of not having a book to read is not something I want to contemplate. I’m an equal opportunity reader and love books in all forms – I often have paper books, eBooks and eAudiobooks on the go at the same time. I also enjoy cooking, traveling with my husband, snuggling with my mini Schnoodle, Scout, and seeing my three teens grow into some pretty awesome people.

I love connecting with people about books and I’m not shy about talking to people (in English or American Sign Language) if I see them glancing at a book that I personally adored and think that everyone and their dog should read. If you want to put a smile on my face you just have to ask me, “Can you recommend a good book?”. Oh yes. Yes, I can!

SANDI H.

SHIt’s easier to read a biography than write one! So, what to say, what to say. Firstly, I’ve worked at WPL for over 30 years. For many of those I’ve been the webmaster as well as the “face” behind WPL’s social media presence.

My parents registered me for my first library card at the ripe old age of 2 and gave me my first Easy Bake Oven just a few short years later. These two things would set the tone for my life, instilling both a love of reading (and of libraries!) and of baking in me.

As an adult, I developed a taste for family sagas (mostly by British authors), travel literature and, of course, cookbooks. I look forward to sharing my reviews and the occasional recipe.

JENNA H.

Jenna HHello, my name is Jenna, and I work in Information Services and Local History. I’ve been at Waterloo Public Library for about five years now. I love coming into work and discovering new and unique items to watch and read. Between working at the library and working on a degree in English and Medieval Studies, I read quite the variety of books that I hope to share with you.

I am also a regular user of the Download Library, in particular the eAudiobooks. I’ve found many interesting reads that I would have never noticed by browsing the “Available Now” titles online. And I love the convenience of having the audiobooks on my phone (using the Overdrive app) to make those boring commutes and household chores more exciting. I’ve often spent a moment too long standing at my front door, so that I can listen to another minute of an engaging title. You can be sure that I will be writing about some of these great listens!

TERESA N-P

Picture 347As long as I can remember I prized anything to do with paper and the printed word.  As a student you could always find me during lunch at the library snuggled up in a corner reading. Part of this is due to the fact that I like to delve into things.

Having worked as a research assistant during my undergraduate and graduate years, as well as volunteering in archives thereafter, has allowed me to handle manuscripts and unravel many mysteries. Later graduating as a librarian from the University of Toronto I worked in various information related fields and now at Waterloo Public Library I work in the Collections, Borrower’s Services and Information departments which allows me to share my love of paper, print and all that libraries have to offer.

My reading, viewing and listening interests vary, but there’s nothing better than a good mystery, interior design, travel or local history book, in addition to that a suspense-filled movie, classical, jazz or alternative rock album. I also enjoy writing, calligraphy and spending time with my husband in our park-like yard listening to the birds and watching the seasons change.

JACKIE M.

thumbnail_Image (2)I’m Jackie, a brand-new Library Assistant in the Children’s Department at the Main Library. I spent the last 3 years working at a beautiful bookstore in Toronto, Queen Books, and am thrilled to now be a part of WPL. I’m currently enrolled in a Library & Information Technician program.

I’ve always been a voracious reader and library user. As a kid, I essentially lived in my school library and visited my neighbourhood public library at least once a week, and still do! It’s one of the only consistent habits I’ve ever had. I loved Harry Potter, Eragon, books about kid veterinarians, Anne of Green Gables, The Song of the Lioness series, and countless others as a kid.

Now, I mostly find myself reading contemporary literary fiction, short stories, fantasy, poetry, essay collections, nature writing, memoirs, and graphic novels. Some of my favourite authors include Ocean Vuong, Elena Ferrante, N.K. Jemisin, Carmen Maria Machado, Joshua Whitehead, and Eden Robinson to name a few.

My writing can also be found in Quill & Quire and Shameless Magazine, the latter being one that I am also a volunteer blog editor for!

SHAYE R.

shayeHello, I’m Shaye and I’m just starting my journey at WPL in Information Services. My love of stories and books began at a very early age when my parents would recite Aesop’s Fables. Stories I love to this day.

With a background in history and political science my tastes vary from old to new. I enjoy classic literature as much as contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I love anything that makes me think. Stories with strong characters that best portray the human condition are my favourites; Catcher in the Rye, Ham on Rye – anything with Rye!

I’m also a lover of the arts; music, art, theatre – I love it all! So come along, let’s read some books and have some fun!

MADISON P.

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Hello readers! My name is Madison and I work in Borrower Services at Main. While I am fairly new to WPL, I am not new to the library world. I have been working
and volunteering in various libraries for the past eight years.

When it comes to reading, my kryptonite is YA Fiction. I’m particularly a sucker for LGBT+ romance and coming of age stories. There’s something about the quirky,
yet relatable “outcast” finally living their truth that never fails to catch me in the feels. In addition to reading I spend a significant amount of time binging TV shows. Some of my favourites include: Fleabag, Schitt’s Creek, Please Like Me, and The Boys.

On a more personal level, I am often referred to as an extroverted introvert. I am a lover of plants cursed with a brown thumb, have a weakness for red wine but suffer from chronic heartburn, and am a very good listener who is hard of hearing. I will never say no to ice cream, and will always appreciate a sarcastic comment.

I can’t wait to share more of who I am in posts to come! Please enjoy my quirky – and hopefully relatable – blog content.