There could be no bigger shoes (read: stilettos) to fill than those of Christine Del Gigante and Pam Young, co-managers of Griffith City Library, who retired this month after three decades at the top.
But if there’s one person who could keep the standard just as high, it’s Karen Lowe, a brilliant quiet achiever who has served the library for several years.
The 31-year-old is different in many ways than her extroverted predecessors, but shares a passion for people, books and bouncing babies.
The Area News sat down with Karen and have summarized her responses to questions below.
How are you different from the dynamic duo?
I wear flat shoes.
I am probably less out there than Pam and Christine, but I’m really keen to continue the great projects they’ve started.
Are you a Griffith local?
Yes, I was born in Canberra but have lived here since I was five.
What was your first job in Griffith?
When I was 14 I got a job in a place called Book City, owned by Peter and Lucy Taylor. I’ve always loved reading.
What’s the best thing about the library?
It’s such a unique places that brings the community together.
I love the services we provide, like Youth Space where we stream HSC lectures. We try and make sure people in rural areas are not disadvantage compared to those in the city.
What are you favourite library events?
Baby bounce and Story Time. Teaching literacy in early life is so important.
What do you love most about living in Griffith?
The sense of community, always bumping in to people you know.
Anything you don’t like?
Having to travel long distances for medical treatment.
What’s a book you’d recommend people read?
Shantaram. I was blown away by how someone who’d been in jail for so long could write something so powerful and poetic.
What’s something people might not know about you?
I’m getting married in three weeks.
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