Meet Your Neighbor: Martha Kinne
Retiring Tahoe City librarian
I have worked in various libraries close to 30 years. Before here, I worked in Grass Valley for three years and as a business librarian at San Mateo Public Library. Before that, I worked for a database company called Dialogue. I have worked in Tahoe City for a year and a half.
We hope to have more time enjoying this beautiful area and traveling. I may start a new career ” who knows. I still have plenty of time. You never know.
I think what you really love about working at a library is dealing with the patrons. You get interesting questions and sad questions. I have helped people whose family members have committed suicide or people with cancer. Then there’s the kids and storytime and reading their first story and suggesting books to people.
“Kite Runner” is one of the more favorite books people enjoy. It’s a novel. A lot of the Jon Krakauer books are very popular here. There are a lot of reference books that people ask for again and again like the World Almanac and auto mechanic books.
There have been so many. Anything anyone can think of, I have been asked. I have been asked how to make potato-head dolls and things about UFOs ” very, very strange things.
Well, it changes. I think this is very common for people. I think “Fountainhead” is one of my favorite all-time books. If I have to pick out a book that made me laugh out loud it would have to be James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small.” I also like mystery books by Janet Evanovich. I like to read science, too.
I’ll miss doing the reference questions. It’s exciting to find out what people need and answering their questions. And the people. We have a wonderful friends group. This is a wonderful library.
I hope to do some reading now. When you’re a manager, it’s hard to find time. I hope to ski now and to hike and bike.
I think I am looking forward to traveling. I want to go to Colorado. I have been everywhere in the United States but that part of the country. We’re going to stay in the United States. There’s so much to see.
The Sierra Sun’s Kara Fox interviewed Kinne for this week’s Meet Your Neighbor. Please send suggestions for “Meet Your Neighbor” to firstname.lastname@example.org.