Get to Know Your Candidates: Rob Agostinis, Ward 9

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 Rob Agostinis from Ward 9 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?

Going to the library with the Brander Gardens ROCKS (Reaching Out to Community and Kids) kids.

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

My favourite books are those that talk about travel to various countries, but from a different perspective.

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

I subscribe to many newspapers through PressReader and magazines through Zinio (now RB Digital) on the EPL site. Also

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

The Hardy Boys. I read the books as a youth and I still glance at them in my middle/older age. I too am adventurous and I love mystery.

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

To Kill A Mockingbird. Racism, inequality, loss of innocence (goodness) are all themes that continue to be relevant today. All we have to do is look around us and we can see that these things still exist.

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

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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 started working as a young teen at the sawmill in Cranbrook, B.C. My job was to clean spilled sawdust from underneath the belts. Not a glamorous job.

I don't recall my boss' name, but I learned from them that you need to work hard in life and it doesn't come easy. They said that I will appreciate the jobs later in life.

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

I see see EPL as being an integral part of community life. They provide a focal point for education, learning, all kinds of community resources, a place for assembly and community engagement.