Thursday, January 2, 2014

Staff Selections: Michal Ashby

Hello readers! This year we will be featuring library staff at the beginning of each month to recognize all the hard work they do here. This month our staff selection falls on Michal Ashby. 

Michal Ashby is the Children’s librarian at Samuels Public Library

As the head of the youth services department for the past 7 years I have had the pleasure of watching the children in this community grow. It has been so rewarding to watch them grow from story time children to independent readers who love the library! This library means so much to me; in truth it feels like my second home. Last year when I had my first child, I received a tremendous amount of warmth and support from both parents and staff!  I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community!

Favorite genre: Historical Fiction

Favorite authors: Rosalind Laker, Jean Plaidy, Isak Dinesen, F.G Cottam, Frances Mayes, Anais Nin, Jane Austen, Roald Dahl, Mary Downing Hahn, Carrie Ryan, Holly Black, Charles Higson, Kate Mosse, Mandy Aftel

Favorite classic: Pride and Prejudice

Favorite poems: Lola Ridge "New Orleans" and "Patterns" by Amy Lowell

Favorite plays: Glass Menagerie (T.Williams) and Death of a Salesman (A. Miller)

If you could ask your favorite author a question, what would you ask? I would ask Isak Dinesen about the most important thing she learned from her life… and if she had a piece of advice...what would it be?

Like the same authors as Michal? Want to read similar authors or genre of books? Try the Literature Map! It’s a free tool on the internet that allows readers to type in any author and it generates other authors who have a similar writing style! Neat, right? 


  1. Michal is amazing. My daughter loves the programs Michal conducts. She leads events children love and makes it fun and educational. What a pleasure it is to see her when we go to the Library. It is always exciting to learn of the next event she has planned. Michal said the Library feels like a second home to her. What she doesn't realize is that she makes the children and their parents feel at home in the Library.