Our Friends Focus series will interview members of the Friends board, library staff and other important people in our community. If you have a suggestion for someone you’d like to see interviewed, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@friendsofthehtfl.org!

Today’s focus is on the Youth Services Manager, Anny Laepple. Read on to learn more!

  • Tell us a bit about yourself:
    • I’m Anny Laepple and I grew up in rural Central PA. After spending my senior year of high school in Catania, Sicily – I went to The George Washington University in Washington, DC where I earned a BA in Italian Studies. I went on to get my Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science. I came to HTFL just out of library school. I live in South Philadelphia, but have also tried the Northern Liberties and West Philly! I have a Little Sister with Big Brother, Big Sisters who is 10 and I’m anxiously awaiting my first niece, who will be coming in April!
  • What brought you to the HTFL?
    • After library school in Pittsburgh I was interested in moving back to East Coast. This was the first position I interviewed for and I absolutely loved the library – I knew right away I wanted to work here!
  • What are your primary duties at the library?
    • As the Youth Services Manager, my primary duties are to serve children birth through high school and their families and caregivers! I manage the staff and budgets of the Children and Teen Departments. I also oversee purchasing all the materials you see added to our collections. Additionally I coordinate programming and publicity. Finally, I also oversee the library’s web presence – all those Facebook posts you see are from me!

  • How long have you worked at the library?
    • I’ve been at the library about 4.5 years – wow!
  • Where do you hope to see the library in the next 5 years?
    • I’d like to see the library continuing to serve as a community center for Haverford Township. I hope that we’ll always see new faces coming into the community of library lovers and that we’ll be able to serve them with the best materials and technology available! And if we could have a bigger physical space (and bigger parking lot!), I wouldn’t mind that either.
  • What book do you most cherish?
    • I don’t think I will ever love a book like I love Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak or Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Who is your hero of fiction?
    • Harry Potter!
  • Who are your favorite writers?
    • Right now I’m loving Rick Riordan and Mo Willems.
  • Name your top five:
    • Books
      • Where the Wild Things Are
      • Where the Sidewalk Ends
      • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
      • To Kill a Mockingbird
      • The Color Purple

    • Movies
      • Roman Holiday
      • Mean Girls
      • Up
      • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
      • Little Miss Sunshine
    • Songs/musical groups
      • Neil Young
      • Van Wagner
      • U2
      • Madonna
      • Dar Williams
  • What is your favorite:
    • Food
      • Tacos al Pastor from Los Gallos

    • Place
      • The Caffe Wunderbar in Taormina, Sicily
    • Sport
      • ROLLERDERBY!
    • Indoor Activity
      • Knitting
  • Complete this sentence: Happiness is… hand painted baby alpaca yarn, the swings in Marconi Plaza on a summer night, Without a Trace marathons.
  • Do you have any pets?
    • There are two cats at my house – Finn, who is orange and very needy and Bellatrix LeStrange who is very naughty.
  • Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?
    • A whirlwind trip to Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. There were train, planes, buses, and even a ferry involved!

  • If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day?
    • An early Megabus to New York, where I would buy tickets to whatever was hot at TKTS – shop, lunch, show. Perfect!
  • If you were stranded on a lonely island, what are the five things that you would want?
    • My iphone, knitting needles and yarn, a radio with NPR, sunscreen, a down pillow
  • What is your greatest extravagance?
    • Fancy, fancy yarn
  • What is your most treasured possession?
    • Two necklaces; one from each of my grandfathers. From my maternal grandmother – a heart shaped locket brought back for her from Italy by my grandfather after his time in WWII. From my paternal grandmother, a small cameo from her world travels as a young wife with her oil company husband.

Thanks so much, Anny, for taking the time to answer all our pressing questions! I hope you all enjoyed learning about one of our fabulous librarians. Next time you see her at the library, don’t forget to say hi!

Friends Focus on Anny Laepple
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One thought on “Friends Focus on Anny Laepple

  • February 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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    I have had the honor of meeting and knowing Anny ! She was a great help on my Haitian Art Show last year–I came to realize that she is a wonderful person, a smart and energetic worker and a tremendous asset to our Library-of course-learning more about her on this interview just makes her so much appealing as a person !!!!!

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