Each month, we'll get to know a member of the Lisle Library District community. This month, we begin with Lisle Library District Director Shannon Halikias.
How long have you been with the library?
Since February 2012. I was previously a Branch Manager at the Eola Branch of the Aurora Public Library, where I gained larger library experience before coming to Lisle.
What is your favorite part of working at the library?
I like knowing the positive impact that we make on the lives of our local community. And, it's great being able to do something different every single day! I enjoy the challenge of managing a large staff and negotiating all the legal, political and financial workings of an institution.
What is something library patrons may not know about you?
I am a dedicated parent of two amazing boys who are 8 and 9, so I understand the juggle of maintaining both a career and family life. I teach a Library Technical Assistant program at the College of DuPage and Waubonsee Community College. I like to write creatively, and for fun I train on Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu (Mixed Martial Arts - MMA) and love to spar.
What do you think is an underused feature of the library?
Our outdoor spaces. As we work to improve the safety of our parking lot, we want to improve our outdoor spaces so people can enjoy reading, relaxing and studying outside.
What is your favorite book and why?
There are two: "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom and "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls. I like a powerful narrative and a story that speaks to me, one that just sucks you in. "Five People" shows how we are all interconnected. The Red Fern is a children's book that I've read aloud to my boys. Because I'm from Alabama, I connect to the country boy aspect of the story.