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Saturday, May 18, 2024  |  9 am – 5 pm

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Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm

Get to Know Maker Librarian Allie Ellis

By: GEPL Staff

Why and when did you choose to become a librarian?
I learned about makerspaces when I was living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I saw an article about what was offered in the downtown branch and couldn’t believe what I was reading. Before I knew it, I was walking into the makerspace asking one of the specialists to show me everything! I was in shock that these pieces of equipment were readily available for member use, and I quickly became a regular. After returning from a year abroad, I knew that I belonged in a library makerspace and that it was time to change career paths. I was lucky enough to find an amazing position as a Makerspace Specialist at Spark Place in Xenia, Ohio and am now elated to be here at Glen Ellyn Public Library as the Maker Librarian.

Do you have any fun childhood memories of the library?
Similar to the way the library has the Hot Picks section on the second floor, my school library would pull the newest books and place them on a separate table. Weekly, my class would head to the library on our designated day, and I would always make a beeline for that new-reads table. I vividly remember noticing a colorful cover with a young boy riding a broom. The librarian noticed me reaching for the book and informed me that she had just finished reading it and no other students had had the opportunity to check it out yet. She also shared that she thought it was an excellent book and that I would really enjoy it. I now always remember that I was the first student at my elementary school to check out the first Harry Potter book from the library.

What do you wish people knew about Glen Ellyn Public Library?
I wish people knew just how much is happening every day at the library and how many different types of resources are available! To me, that’s the wonderful thing about libraries; they are a destination for resources of all types, not just books. The makerspace will be another wonderful resource that the library will make available to the community, and I cannot wait to have everyone come and use it once it’s open!

What is your favorite book genre?
I’ve always enjoyed a good Science Fiction read that has solid footing in reality.

What is your favorite piece of makerspace equipment?
My three favorites have always been the laser cutter/engraver, the large format printer, and the embroidery machine.

If a movie or show comes out that was based on a book, do you watch first to see if you’d like the book, or do you read the book first?
I watch the movie first to see if I’d like the book. I am a huge fan of cinema and am very visual in general. My undergraduate degree is in Photography so I’m not only watching the movie for the story, but for the visual presentation as well.

What is the weirdest food that you enjoy? Is there a story behind it?
I’m not sure about the weirdest food, but I do love tofu, which can be a controversial food item. I can see why some may not like tofu, because I have had some pretty terrible tofu dishes, but like anything else, if properly prepared it can be utterly amazing.

If you had to live in a different state, which would it be?
New York (but not NYC). I’m originally from the Hudson Valley and have always loved it there. Although the winters can be harsh, fall and spring are absolutely magical.

Do you have a favorite hobby?
This is quite the question to ask the Maker Librarian! I have many hobbies—how am I supposed to choose a favorite? I really enjoy collage. I enjoy every aspect of the craft: hunting vintage ephemera at flea markets and antique shops, cutting out the imagery, creating new vignettes with the pieces, and even the final framing presentation.

What’s your favorite ‘90s jam?
Oh the ‘90s… In those days, the biggest question at school was definitely, “Are you an NSYNC fan or a Backstreet Boys fan?” I was an NSYNC fan all the way, so my ‘90s jam was “Tearin’ Up My Heart “.

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