2011 Eureka! Fellow Mathew Rose
As the Community Library Manager at the Acton Agua Dulce Library in Acton, California, part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, I serve my library community with fun and educational programs, developed collections, answers, and sincere kindness. I have trained and supervise a small army of dedicated staff who are willing to take a bullet for the sake of great library service.
While living in Portland, Oregon, I worked at Oregon Health Sciences University in a medical library, and as a volunteer at a public library. While living in Gumi, South Korea teaching the miracle and misery of the English Language, I volunteered at a school library. While living in Honolulu, Hawaii, I worked at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in a music library. While living in North Los Angeles County, I worked as an adult services librarian and now as a library manager. I like to inundate the community I serve with lots of opportunities to come to the library. Be it our foodie book club, our monthly star parties, kids cooking class, adult cook club, writers group, beginning and advanced computer classes, garden group, fabric arts programs, silent film series, or teen book club, there is almost always something happening at the library.
I want to participate in the Eureka! Leadership Institute to learn leadership skills, develop networks with interesting colleagues from across our great state, and discover innovative ways to provide my communities with outstanding library service.
I strive to maintain my utterly boring, unassuming, and uninteresting life by hiking, visiting cultural institutions renowned for their cultivation of plants and art collections, appreciating the written word, working in a library, playing chess, gardening, and cooking. I plan to learn to play the guitar, learn the woodworking craft, spend my entire career tirelessly serving the public through libraries, and die after accidentally ingesting hemlock during a dramatic court battle. I wish my ashes to be scattered in a lush forest. I wish to have a small memorial stone, unmarked among trilliums.