Getting to know our Children’s Librarian: Tia Garrett

By Alicia Ballard

Name: Tia Garrett

Job Title:  Children’s Librarian

How long have you worked at the Library?

14 Years. Long before I was paid to work at the Library, I was involved with the Library through the Library Enrichments Arts Program as a director, board member, and grant writer. I also served of the Library board and volunteered here. I started as a Library Aid in 2012 and have been the Children’s Librarian for 3 ½ years.

Where did you grow up?

Tulsa

Where did you go to school?

OU for undergrad and OSU for graduate

Tell me about your family.

We are all readers. Mom: Travel and Native American history. Sister: Sappy stuff. Husband: Sea adventures. Son: Nonfiction and technical manuals.

Do you have any pets?

2 cats and 2 chickens. The cows and bulls are not pets.

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading, drawing and painting, scrap-booking, kayaking, cooking/baking, and singing badly.

Do you Read? Yes What do you read?

Good children’s books [that] are beautifully written and illustrated. I also enjoy detective and caper mysteries. Unlike many people, I also enjoy poetry and science-based science fiction.

Did you always like to read?

As a kid I would read anything- cereal boxes, newspapers, billboards etc. The only thing I don’t like reading is romance novels.

What is your favorite part about coming into work each day?

I have a great job! I love children, books, and arts and crafts. As a Children’s Librarian I get to share the love with others.

If you are stuck on a desert island, what 5 things would you have with you? (Except water or food)

I wouldn’t go voluntarily. If a ship or a plane wreck forced me there, I wouldn’t have a choice about the resources or people with me.