Interview by: Ann Johannes
In the fourth installment of our Meet Our Staff Series, we’re going to introduce you to Diana, our wonderful Program Assistant! If you've attended a Story Time at the Library, chances are you've seen Diana in action.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Family members?
I grew up in Vancouver. I’m first generation Canadian of Italian heritage. I’m the youngest of seven children.
What did you do before working at the library?
My background is in Tourism. I worked in the hotel industry for 6 years before I had my two sons. I was a stay-at-home mom for 7 years after that.
What do you do at the library?
I am a Program Assistant at the library. We work with children and assist with teen and adult programs. Some of our duties include: Story Time, Home Delivery to seniors, child/teen programs such as Reading Buddies, Homework Help and French Club.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love cycling, kayaking, camping and cooking.
Were you a library user before you started working at the library?
Oh yes! The reason I started working at the library is because I brought my children here every week to borrow books. I decided this would be a great place to work.
If you weren’t working at the library, what would you be doing?
I would be seeing the world!
What’s your favourite book?
My favourite book is To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. I read it when I was a teenager and have re-read it multiple times. I love to escape in books to different times and placed.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading a novel by Mary Lawson called A Town Called Solace.
What’s on your “to read” book list?
I like historical fiction and mysteries. I keep my eye on the NEW book display.
What’s your favourite song or album or artist....or what's a song lyric best describes your life...or words to live by?
I don’t have a favourite song. I like pop/rock from the 70’s & 80’s i.e. Simon and Garfunkel, Mamas & Papas, Cat Stevens. Harmony is my happy place.
What is your favourite resource at the library?
I love books! Particularly the children’s picture books and adult cook books.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
What’s one thing people might be surprised to know about you?
I’ve worked at Coquitlam Public Library for 20 year