Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Meet Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals Board Member Grant Hallmark

The Young Professionals of the Birmingham Public Library celebrate the rich history and prosperous future of Birmingham's oldest cultural institution. The Young Professionals support the Library financially and culturally and promote its remarkable treasures. By hosting dynamic lectures, special collection tours, and other social events and by volunteering time and skills, the Young Professionals increase public awareness of and access to the Library's resources.

Grant Hallmark

What is your full name, age, and occupation? Steven Grant Hallmark, 27, Chief Business Officer at Camp Fire Alabama.

What is your favorite place to eat in Birmingham? Highlands Bar and Grill.

Why did you get involved with the BPLYP? I believe the Birmingham Public Library can solve many problems left in the wake of Birmingham City Schools. I wish to advance the mission of the BPL.

Which is your favorite (or most frequented) library branch? The Downtown Branch.

Name some of your favorite books as a child or teenager. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

What genres do you read the most as an adult? Non-fiction and Science Literature.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Christopher Hitchens, David Brooks, Richard Dawkins, Evelyn Waugh.

What is your wish for the city of Birmingham? Reformation of the city school system, dramatic reduction in violent crime, and sustainable development and growth from the city center outward.

What is your favorite quote or inspirational saying? "The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks." - Christopher Hitchens

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