Get to Know Your Candidates: Keren Tang, Ward 11

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 Keren Tang from Ward 11 sent back to us.

Election day is Monday, October 16. Get to know your candidates, learn how you can support EPL,  and don’t forget to vote!

1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?

Baby Laptime, meeting other parents and children, and forming a social network for regular get-togethers at the library and beyond.

2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?

The Boss Baby.

3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?

The Edmonton Journal, NYTimes, Real Simple, The Woks of Life (food blog), and Taproot Edmonton, StartUp podcast and This American Life for some great storytelling.

4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?

Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice—a strong-willed, independent, and confident woman.

5. What is one book you think everyone should read and why?

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White—still the authoritative guide to writing.

6. What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein (to read to my daughter).

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?

The owner of a Sichuan cuisine restaurant in a sleepy town in Connecticut where I grew up.

I worked as a waitress for two years in high school at this restaurant, and I learned from her that with hard work, even a small team can accomplish a lot.

8. What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?

Libraries are important centres of community life. I admire the ability of EPL to create inclusive spaces that welcome people of all socioeconomic, racial, gender, age and physical diversity.

Everything is intentional at EPL and this is the kind of space we should all be striving for in our workplaces, schools and community centres.

In an increasingly divisive political climate, EPL is a leader in inclusion, a foundation for a thriving and vibrant Edmonton.