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?
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.