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Carolyn Manning

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Carolyn has been going on adventures since she was a little girl. She has met new people and lived in different cities and states. She has been rich, and she has been poor.

How has her life been so fun, you ask? With books! She loves books because they expand her world by allowing her to live vicariously through the characters in each story.

Her favorite type of reading is fiction. She will read almost anything – it can be fluffy or heavy, sad or happy. If the story grabs her, she stays with it!

She grew up in The Woodlands, Texas,  which is now a big town just north of Houston. Upon high school graduation, she attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1989. She met her soon-to-be husband in 1989, and they were married in 1992. They started a family, and she stayed home with the boys until the youngest started kindergarten. She began a Master of Library Science program in 2004, and in 2006 graduated with a master’s degree from the University of North Texas. Her husband, sons, and she moved to Wimberley in 2002 after living in Athens, Ohio, for three years while her husband worked on and achieved his doctorate as a medical speech pathologist. She landed her first library job at Wimberley Village Library as the Assistant Director and later moved into the Director position. She has been with the library for 10 years.
Books she feels comfortable recommending: general fiction, mysteries, literary fiction, and best-seller fantasy. And – OK, she will recommend authors who lean toward romance, if asked!

Carroll Wilson

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As a younger man, Carroll Wilson loved anything associated with speed – hotrods, dragsters, jet airplanes and even 10-speed bikes.

Unfortunately he never outgrew those passions even though he aged out of the desire to drive fast, fly fast and ride fast
just as he also found he could no longer afford to pay the price to accelerate
beyond the norm.

Wilson had an innate interest in tinkering
that led to an amateur education in science and technology, which led to his current passion for helping young and old with projects like learning to solder, working
with Arduinos and making stuff with 3D printers.

In the world of work, Wilson built stories
with words and sentence. He became editor in chief of two newspapers and several magazines, as well as an author of other published projects.

His reading ranges from economics to technology, futurism to military history to travel and the fictional works of authors such as John Grisham and John Irving.

Today, he is our circulation librarian, available to help anyone and everyone link up with their growing fascinations, both in hands-on activities and in more cerebral endeavors. Ask Carroll about anything. If he doesn’t have an answer, he’ll know where to find one.

Favorite books: Nonfiction, especially relating to World War II and today’s economy; literary fiction.

Linda Eagleton, MLS

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Amazingly, she has been in the librarian  profession for 28 years, 14 years at the Wimberley Village Library and 14 years at Richland Community College Library in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, she earned a   Master of Library Science Degree from  Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

As reference librarian, she provides library users with direction to library materials, assists with the use of new technology and helps find information patrons need using multiple library resources. She also  oversees nonfiction collection management and development and helps students with their homework assignments.

She likes to read books that “deal with    facts and events” such as history, current events, biographies, memoirs, medical, science. She enjoys viewing movies a    great deal, especially the James Bond-type movies and science fiction movies like Star Wars and the new movie Martian.

Titles she has enjoyed reading and recommends are: Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; and A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

She has three wonderful sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. After she received the Master of Library Science degree, the kiddos treated her to an unforgettable trip to Lugano, Switzerland, where she spent two weeks with dear friends she met years ago in Victoria, British Columbia. While in Switzerland, she had the opportunity to visit Hermann Hesse’s burial site in the cemetery of San Abbondio in Montagnola, Switzerland. She has done her share of traveling and would like to do more. She lived in the Bay Area in the 1960s and traveled to Bermuda, which is where she met and had her picture taken with President Jimmy Carter.

Favorites: Non-fiction, Current Events, Travel, Gardening, Cooking, Biography, Memoirs, Humor, Children’s Books, Movies (documentaries, action, science fiction).

Kristina Minor

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Kristina has had many dreams come true. After studying English at UT, she taught language arts in a small Texas town, where she met her husband. They sold their cars, jumped on a plane and spent a year backpacking across Europe.
Upon returning to the States, she attended graduate school and received her master’s degree with a concentration in, of course, English literature. After the birth of their two amazing little girls, they made a home in a quiet, south Austin neighborhood where   they walked to school and rode bikes to Zilker Park, and watched many, many movies. They also vacationed at Rio Bonito in Wimberley every summer, always renting their tried-and-true cabin No. 8.
In order to stay home with the girls those first several years, she started a cottage industry photographing and hand-painting black-and-white portraits of children. As her girls started middle and high school, Kristina began reading the Young Adult literature they were bringing home from school. She was drawn back to the classroom and carried her new passion for YA lit to her east Austin teens where she introduced them to many of the popular authors and enjoyed seeing some of them read their first book ever. Awesome!
After her girls graduated from high school, she loaded up her pack of dogs and left the city behind. In 2012, Kristina applied for the position of Young Adult Librarian here at our library where she continues to read and work with teens.
Favorites include: Victorian literature, historical fiction, some non-fiction and Young Adult lit. Favorite authors are: Jane Austen, Wilkie Collins, Philippa Gregory, David Rosenfelt. As for YA, she reads anything by Neal Shusterman and Michael Grant.

Sarah Davis

sarah finalLibrarian for Programs and Circulation

Sarah believes that working in a library is like a kid’s dream come true. It’s like being let loose in a candy shop. She is exposed to the best and some of the not-so-good books that are released each week, but still she is surrounded by books! She has been in love with libraries ALL HER LIFE!
Her favorite reads are historical novels that deal with World Wars I & II. So much history that has shaped our world and yet we seemed to keep making the same mistakes. She especially enjoys it from a woman’s perspective. All the Light we Cannot See by
Anthony Doerr has to be one of her absolute favorites along with The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.
She loves to read cookbooks, gardening, home decorating and, of course, anything on beekeeping because she is a beekeeper. She enjoys writing short stories and taking care of the country she inherited from her parents. She is a fifth-generation Texan and recently has begun a genealogy sojourn.
Books she recommends: The Bakers Daughter by Sarah McCoy, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, Girl Waits with a Gun by Amy Stewart, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gallbraith, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, Dreams of Joy by Lisa See.
Favorites: e-books, downloadables, historical fiction, nonfiction, mystery, cooking.

Emily McDonald

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Emily got on board with the Wimberley Village Library when she was fourteen
years old. She worked as a volunteer for
two years and then as a part of the staff for two more. Upon graduating from high school, she spent a year volunteering with a nonprofit: a child sponsorship program called, IChooseYou, located in Uganda. Her time in East Africa increased her love for children and for education. Now she is back at the library – this time as the Youth Services Librarian. She loves spending so much of her time around two of her favorite things: kids and books! She is currently working toward a bachelor’s of English degree at Texas State University.
As a part-time librarian and part-time student, she doesn’t have a lot of extra time for reading. Audiobooks have become her best friend, helping to squeeze in reading time during car rides.
She adores books about real life, historical fiction, stories about people in other countries and biographical adventures. She has recently discovered the world of humorous biographies, which has been a delightful addition to her life. Classics are also important to her, as is anything that has ever made it on the banned-book list. She also enjoys children’s books, especially Harry Potter, Roald Dahl’s, and her all-time favorite book, The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett.
But even more, she loves books about travel because they can transport you to another place. She enjoys learning about different cultures and places, but her favorite part of travel literature is always the people the adventurers encounter along their journey.
Favorite travel books are: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, A Walk with Jane Austen by Lori Smith and A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
When she is not reading (which she likes) or studying (which she doesn’t like), you can find her taking walks, painting or exploring museums. She has one pet, Glinda the Good Fish. She loves meeting new people. She’d love to meet you!
Favorites: Children’s books, biographies, travel literature, classic literature, historical fiction, audiobooks and humor.

Kathleen Goodson

kathleen finalLibrarian for Programs and Promotions

Kathleen has a B.A. in art history and visual arts (emphasis on photography) from University of California at San Diego. She is retired from San Diego County Library System.
Her favorite authors are Bill Bryson and Tony Hillerman. Her interests are world religions, anthropology, pre-history and photography.
Her hobbies include making handmade one-of-a-kind books and collecting clumping bamboo varieties. So far her collection includes Giant Timber Bamboo; Beechy Bamboo; Buddha Belly Bamboo; Black Bamboo and a few others. Her pets are house rabbits.
Her most recent good read: The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Edition edited by Martin Gardner. What is on her bucket list: A long tour of Australia and a visit to Uluru; a visit to Norway, the northern lights and reindeer.

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