Monday, December 03, 2012

Meet the Staff Monday Special Bonus Double Edition!

Due to an unmitigated attack of forgetfulness on the part of our intrepid staff correspondent, today we are bringing you not one, but two excellent episodes of Meet the Staff Monday!  

Hang on to your hats! It's Meet the Staff Monday featuring the Library's officially crowned best dressed staff member! Meet the lovely Sydonie M. Blandon. She has been employed at the Collinsville Library since August 2010. Syd enjoys working with the public, especially in the children's library (give this girl a raise). She also enjoys participating in the Homebound Program, where the Library delivers materials to those who can't get here by themselves. Some of Syd's favorite authors are; Nicholas Sparks, Rhonda Byrne, and Dr. Wayne Dyer. She loves to spend time with her three children; Paula (29), Marcus (25), and Ashley (21). Syd also likes traveling, bowling, cooking, and baking (especially around the holidays). Make sure you say hello to Syd next time you stop by!

Yet again, it's the most wonderful time of the week. Meet the Staff Monday! Meet Theo Tate. He started working at the library on October 24, 2011. Four days later, his favorite sports team, the St. Louis Cardinals, won the World Series. Speaking of sports, Theo is a longtime sports journalist, having worked as a sports writer/designer for the Suburban Journals of St. Louis for more than 11 years. He also worked as a sports intern for the Reading (Pa.) Eagle-Times for two summers in the late 1990s. In March, Theo wrote his first novel, Ladies’ Night, a fictional satire about a life of a professional basketball league for 12-year-old girls. A graduate of University of Central Missouri (go Mules and Jennies!), Theo also enjoys writing, running, traveling (so far, Atlanta and Las Vegas are his favorite cities to visit), golfing, bowling and playing music. Theo is also a disc jockey; he has all kinds of music and has every number one hit song on his iPod. Theo’s favorite book is Calico Joe by John Grisham, favorite movie is Little Man Tate and favorite food is pizza. He is a very busy bee who will run wherever you need him to to find the book you are looking for!

--Alison Donnelly
Children's Librarian