Thursday, April 25, 2013

Meet Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals Board Member Cassandra McLendon

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.

Cassandra McLendon

What is your full name, age, and occupation? Cassandra Denise McLendon, 26, Data Specialist at Children’s of Alabama.

What is your favorite place to eat in Birmingham? Mugshots.

Why did you get involved with the BPLYP? I love the library, and reading is my favorite hobby. I also wanted to help in giving BPL a stronger presence in Birmingham.

Which is your favorite (or most frequented) library branch? Avondale.

Name some of your favorite books as a child or teenager. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech & To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What genres do you read the most as an adult? I’ll read just about anything! I particularly love contemporary fiction and suspense thrillers.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Robert B. Parker, and Maya Angelou.

What is your wish for the city of Birmingham? My wish for the city of Birmingham is to potentially become one of the cultural apexes in this country. This city has so much to offer in regards to the arts, including its rich cultural history, that I believe this can become reality one day.

What is your favorite quote or inspirational saying? Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. –Mark Twain

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