Thursday, May 02, 2013

Meet Birmingham Public Library Young Professionals Board Member Maree Jones

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.

BPLYP Maree Jones

What is your full name, age, and occupation? Maree Jones, 28, Digital PR Coordinator at KC Projects, a PR firm.

What is your favorite place to eat in Birmingham? Slice Pizza—best in Birmingham!

Why did you get involved with the BPLYP? From toddlers to adults, the library has fantastic programs in place to empower citizens through reading, education, and resources. I love to be a part of that!

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

Name some of your favorite books as a child or teenager. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and The Giver by Lois Lowry.

What genres do you read the most as an adult? I studied Theater in college, so I love reading plays. I’ve also come to appreciate poetry more as an adult.

Who are some of your favorite authors? I have a wide range—everything from Shakespeare and Anton Chekhov to modern poets, such as Nikki Giovanni.

What is your wish for the city of Birmingham? To be able to compete and win. Birmingham is a beautiful hidden jewel, but it shouldn’t remain hidden forever. We need to showcase our talent, abilities, great minds, and great food to the world!

Do you have a special talent? If so, what is it? I love to act.

What is your favorite quote or inspirational saying? “You get what you get, and you don’t pitch a fit”… my 4-year-old son picked this up from his school, but I’ve found it is applicable to most any situation.

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