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 Martin Narsing from Ward 4 sent back to us.
1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?
I applied for my first library card from the books on wheels trailer that was parked next to my school at Sifton Elementary.
2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?
3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?
4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
I am mix of James T. Kirk and Sherlock Holmes! I like to think that I am adventurous, inquisitive, intuitive and a problem solver. I love adventure and a good mystery!
5. What is one book you think everyone should read and why?
The dictionary! You will never read it from cover to cover but you will always come back to it for reference and always learn something new. It's a book without a story.
6. What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?
The third book in the Game of Throne Series: A Storm of Swords.
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 delivered flyers so I could buy a pair of skates. I received 300 flyers each week and had to stuff them myself. Your hands smelled of ink afterwards.
I did that for nearly six months. I can't remember my boss' name, but I learned that I had to move on to delivering the Edmonton Journal. The pay was better!
8. What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?
EPL plays a big part in my life and in the life of my family. Both of my daughters worked as Pages.
The library has always been a great community centre for all ages. I think our EPL is one of the best in the country and I support its initiatives.