We sent out a brief, fun survey about libraries to all of the nominees running in the 2017 Edmonton civic election to help you get to better know your candidates.
These are the answers that Andrew Knack from Ward 1 sent back to us.
1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?
As I live across the street from the Jasper Place branch, my favourite memory was the grand opening of the new library.
This location has become a landmark in the West End and I am happy to have been in attendance at the opening.
2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?
I'm going to expand this to include video games since EPL also has a wonderful collection of video games that people can borrow.
With that said, my favourite game right now (and for the past many years) is the Mass Effect Trilogy by Edmonton's own BioWare. It's such a fantastic story where your choices have significant consequences.
3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?
For Twitter accounts, newspapers, blogs and magazines, I try to follow as much local content as possible. I enjoy getting a variety of perspectives.
4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Mickey Mouse because he's almost always happy.
5. What is one book you think everyone should read and why?
I'm going to write about a video game again. The Mass Effect Trilogy is easily the best story I have ever experienced. All the characters in each of the three games have a unique story that draws you in and causes you to be heavily invested in what happens to them.
It's also great that the decisions you make through each of the three games can significantly impact your relationships with other characters.
For those who haven't played a video game in decades, this trilogy is an excellent example of how games can be on the same level as books, music and movies.
6. What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?
The main game in my system right now is Madden NFL 18. Thanks EPL for letting me borrow it! Now if only I had some time to play it.
7. Election Day (October 16) is also Boss' Day. Who was your very first boss and what was your job? What was one important lesson you learned from them?
I can't remember the name of my first boss but I worked at a Wendy's when I was 15.
The important lesson I learned was to not uncap a giant bag of ketchup after you've mounted it on the wall. By doing it that way all that happens is you get covered in ketchup and look like a fool.
So the main lesson is to listen to instructions so you know exactly what you have to do.
8. What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?
EPL plays a critical role in connecting people to knowledge. Everything available at the library helps you grow as a person.