Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro
Angelica is an adult services librarian for the Cornelius Public Library. She wrote this essay about herself for our Library People series of profiles.
I always was amazed by libraries back in my country of birth. There are way fewer libraries in Mexico, and their services are totally different from what American libraries provide. When I found out about the opportunities that American libraries offered to me, they connected me with my family and my love for learning; I was in the library at least once a week. Hence, I got my first full-time job in this country, in a library!
So, it is not surprising to me that I am working in a library! The library has supported me as an immigrant and impulse me to get a second career. I guess the surprising part for myself is that I am an immigrant.
As a good American, I love hamburgers, especially the ones cooked by my favorite cook, my husband! Wanting to learn English by immersion, I came to the U.S.A. Here, I discovered libraries and met my husband. I can eat anything cooked by him or anyone else, well, except beets. But the food I crave the most is fried bean tacos with fresh Mexican cheese and salsa freshly made in a lava stone mortar.
When I am not working, my hobbies are learning, all the time; camping, fishing, and clamming during the summer; and building puzzles in winter. Camping has taken me to different places in Oregon. All of them are beautiful! However, I am in love with the view from Vista House. I enjoy discovering places and meeting people. I think those are other ways to keep up with my love of learning.
The one thing that you might be surprised to know about me is that I don’t know how to ride a bike. But it is okay, I tell myself, because I enjoy walking and running! Since I try to live close to the library, I can walk to work.
I think living and working in the same community makes work more meaningful. I think this way: the services that I provide as an adult librarian aren’t for someone that I don’t know. But they are for people that I know and see in my walks and the store. That helps me to create a connection and think about patrons like myself. Hence, I do the best that I can in everything that I do.