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Meet Summer Smith – Lover of Literature!

Hi, everybody! My name is Summer Smith, and I’ve been with BCPL for a little over a year. I’m a Circulation Assistant, and I work at the Walton Branch. If you ever stop by, you’ll probably see me at the front desk helping patrons with whatever they need. I’ve always wanted to work at the Walton Branch in some capacity. I used to spend long nights there in high school, working on PowerPoint presentations, or wrapping up midterm papers. The staff was always so friendly, and I loved the idea of working with people who loved reading just as much as I did. So last year, when I saw that the Walton Branch was finally hiring, I jumped at the chance. And it worked out!

I grew up in Walton with my parents and went to Walton-Verona High School. After I graduated, I attended Thomas More College where I majored in English with a
concentration in Literary Studies. While there, I also dipped my toe into acting, performing in plays such as “Macbeth” and “Frankenstein.” My time at TMC is so special to me because it’s where I met my partner, Jaime.

After leaving TMC, I received my Master’s in English from Northern Kentucky University. That was one of my proudest achievements. I love dissecting literature and discovering hidden meanings and theories that no one else has thought of or looking at a piece of work through the lens of someone other than myself. One day, I hope to go back to school and receive my Ph.D. in English Literature. But right now, I’m happy working at BCPL and helping our patrons achieve their own literary goals.
Outside of work, you’ll find me gardening, knitting (ask me about the time I had to knit two “Moby Dick” scarves), snuggling with my cat, and watching — and making fun of — Hallmark movies with my best friend. Also, like many others, I’ve spent the majority of quarantine binging shows on Netflix. So, if you need someone to talk about “Schitt’s Creek” or “The Office”, I’m your girl.

I never would have imagined that my first year at BCPL would turn out quite like this. With everything that’s happened, it’s been quite a roller coaster. However, I am so thankful for the work that I’m doing and to be working with such a wonderful group of strong women. My co-workers have shown nothing but kindness toward myself and our patrons. They are my favorite part about working at BCPL, and I can’t wait for the day when we all get to work together again.

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