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 Sarah Hamilton from Ward 5 sent back to us.
1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?
Being at the opening of the Lessard Library [now the Lois Hole branch of EPL] when I was a student at Centennial Elementary School.
Having a library so close to my home and school was so exciting and opened a whole new world to me.
2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?
I just read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A very beautifully written and simple story.
A League of Their Own is on repeat on my TV at home—I've probably seen it 30+ times.
3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?
In no particular order (and not exhaustive):
- The Edmonton Journal (Newspaper)
- Vanity Fair (Magazine)
- FiveThirtyEight (Blog)
- Under the Influence (Podcast)
- Revisionist History (Podcast)
- Maclean's (magazine)
- The Broadcast (Podcast)
4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Leslie Knope, from Parks and Recreation. Not only is she dedicated to public service, but she cares deeply about her friends and her community, and nothing gets in the way of that.
5. What is one book you think everyone should read and why?
On the politics theme, I've been telling everyone to read Who Thought This Was A Good Idea; and Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work In the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco.
Mastromonaco was Deputy Chief of Staff to Barack Obama, but her memoir is infused with an ethos of hard work. The campaign trail can be tough, exhausting and exhilarating, and this is a rare book that adequately prepares you for it.
6. What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?
The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics by Steven Paikin.
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?
My very first job involved helping my dad with his business. He had an office but worked from home most evenings.
I did clerical work—sorting invoices, filing them, making the occasional delivery, etc. I learned that to be successful, you had to be brave and being the boss could be fun, but hard work and responsibility come first.
8. What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?
Great cities have great libraries, and Edmonton is no different. To be a smart, dynamic and diverse city, we need access to culture and information, two things EPL does very well!