Selina Keever always knew she wanted to spend her life working with books.
â€œI think reading is a relaxing escape,â€ said the West Lincoln Library branch supervisor. â€œYou get to travel to places you never get to go to. Itâ€™s just a time you get to put everything aside and think about something exciting or romantic, whatever the case may be.â€
Keever, 40, has worked in Lincoln Countyâ€™s library system since November of 86. Sheâ€™s had a few jobs outside of the system, but always comes back to the books.
â€œIâ€™ve done almost every different job thatâ€™s possible in the library system over those years,â€ she said.
For the past five years, she has worked as branch supervisor at the West Lincoln Branch Library. Sheâ€™s come to know her patrons very well, and many rely on her for book recommendations.
â€œWe have people who donâ€™t go to the shelves and look,â€ she said. â€œThey never browse.â€
Instead, they trust Keever to recommend a book theyâ€™ll love. Keever is always happy to oblige.
â€œOnce we get to know our patrons, we get to know their likes and dislikes,â€ she said.
She tries to only recommend books sheâ€™s read herself, and if she doesnâ€™t know a new patron, she asks them â€œWhat is a book you really loved?â€
For Keever, the books she really loves are fast-paced and suspenseful. She also has a place in her heart for the classics.
Reading is a regular part of her life, but she canâ€™t say the same for her husband or 23-year-old son.
Her husband â€œdoesnâ€™t read unless itâ€™s sports related.â€ And her son? â€œIt just breaks my heart to say heâ€™s not a reader.â€
As branch supervisor, however, Keever has plenty of readers filling her life, and sheâ€™s always happy to do her part to keep them entertained.
She plans to remain a member of Lincoln Countyâ€™s library system for many years to come.
â€œOur library has become like a family,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™ve always been really close.â€
Selina Keever will be writing a monthly column in the West Lincoln section recommending books. It debuts today.
by Sarah Grano