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Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro: “I do the best that I can in everything that I do.”

Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro

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.