This post is going to be different from every other post I’ve done. But it is something that I hope to do more of. I’m going to interview someone who has had an impact on my life at one point or another. To get this thing started I’m going to do a quick little This or
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Sarah Dessen or
Mystery or Romance
Movies or Books
Country Life or City Life – AL: Ugh… too hard to answer
- K: State your name and what it is that you do?
AL: My name is Alissa Lukasavage. I am an educator. I have taught library skills to younger students and English to older students. I used to be a librarian for a public library so I am a huge proponent of public libraries and all the things they do for surrounding communities. I have also been a pizza maker, an ice cream scooper, a shoesalesman, and a reporter.
2. K: What schooling did you go through to get the job?
AL: I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Bloomsburg University. I also have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I also have a teaching certificate from the Pennsylvania Department Of Education. I am certified to teach library skills to students in kindergarten to twelfth grade in Pennsylvania.
3. K: Did you find the process of getting a job as a librarian easy or hard?
AL: I found it pretty easy to get a job in a public library. You don’t have to have any special schooling to work in a public library, but that being said there is a degree you can get to become a librarian. It’s called a Master’s in Library Science. It’s typically a two- year degree, and a prospective candidate needs to have a four year bachelor’s degree in something. People who have a Master’s in library Science get paid more when they get a job in a public library. There are actual federal and state laws about how many people who work in the library have Master’s degrees in library Science. So if someone wants to become a librarian, it can take up to six years of school.
4. K: When I met you which I believe was a little over 3 or 4 years ago you took over the young adult area in the library, do you miss it at all?
AL: I really do miss working at the Osterhout Free Library. It was one of my favorite jobs, and I have had quite a few! I loved working and connecting with teenagers in the area. I especially loved recommending books to them and purchasing books for them. It was also great to help them work together and see them achieve so much.
5. K: Did you always want to work around books? If not, what did you want to do?
AL: Wow. This is such an interesting question. I have always loved books and loved reading. When I was in college I worked at this bookstore called Wardenbooks and I really loved that job. I loved going into the store and being surrounded by books. When I was quite young, I actually wanted to write books. I still hope to be able to do that someday. But unfortunately, since I have grown up, I have to worry about paying the bills and taking time off to write a book will not pay bills. I actually have book ideas that bounce around in my head all the time. I think I am a decent storyteller. Maybe someday, I will write a book.
6. K: I recently got told about about there being an online library where you can get the app on your phone and as long as you have a New York library card or live in New York you can access the public library on your phone. Now I know technology is taking over pretty much everything. Is this something you think all states should have? ( I personally thought this was great and would like to know if any other places has this as well)
AL: Actually, The Free Library of Philadelphia has this in Pennsylvania. It’s so awesome. You can access all of their online books and they literally disappear from you electronic device when they are due so there are no late fees. The Osterhout has ebooks for their patrons to have access to. It’s such a great thing to be able to have at your fingertips. But there is something about a physical book for me that I absolutely love reading. I seem to be able to focus better on them and get more out of them. I do read books on my Kindle but I prefer to have a physical book. As ebooks get more popular I do think that publisher’s will do smaller runs of print books. But I do not think that print books will ever disappear. At least not in our lifetimes. But I could very well be wrong.
7. K: After every teen library council meeting you would ask us for book recommendations, how important is it to know what everyone is reading now and why?
AL: I think reading is so important because I truly believe that it makes empathetic people. Caring about the way others feel and being able to put yourself in other people’s shoes is so important. I think that when you have empathetic people in society, it helps reduce the amount of people who become marginalized in our society. So I think reading is one of the most important skills that people can have and that reading for fun is the best hobby people can have. It can literally lead to a better world for everyone. I like asking my teenagers for book recommendations because they always knew what the up and coming things were.
8. K: Last year our area got hit with devastating news that they were going to cut library services as well as a few other programs that would help shape a lot of futures, how much more important did it come for you to reach out to the children in our area that reading as well as writing was still a very valuable thing?
AL: The cuts that happened in our school districts were devastating. It really did become even more important to me to continue being a proponent of libraries, and to encourage reading and writing. After my position got eliminated, I ended up teaching English last year to eighth, ninth, and tenth graders. I taught literature to eighth and ninth graders and a research class to tenth graders. Last school year, I was constantly checking out books from the library for students. I had one student that read almost the whole Harry Potter series. Despite my role in the district changing, I still encouraged students to read for fun and even helped them get their hands on books.
9. K: Do you think people are reading enough?
AL: No, not even close. I don’t think I read enough! There are so many different things to read, and so many other things competing for people’s attention. I also think the more people get out of the habit of reading books,it’s harder to focus on long pieces of writing. So I think everyone should make it a goal for themselves to read more, books specifically.
10. K: Favorite book to movie?
AL: Ohhh, so hard to pick just one. But probably The Notebook. I just love that movie. But I am REALLY excited for The Glass Castle which comes out in a few days ( since this interview happened, it is already out) and for Wonder coming out this fall. They were both awesome books and I think they are going to be great movies too.
11. K: Favorite underrated book?
AL: There’s some really old books that I loved when I was growing up. They are all underrated. Some of them are:
Mama, Let’s Dance by Patricia Hermes.
Wonder by Rachel Vail
The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
Silver by Norma Fox Mazer
The Pinballs by Betsy Byers
12. K: Favorite overrated book?
AL: I thought Everything,Everything was a little overrated. It was good, not great.
13. K: What is your opinion on 13 Reasons Why?
AL: This is such a tough question to answer! I read the book and watched the show. I am certainly not an expert in mental health so I don’t think my opinion holds very much weight. But I personally thought the show was good and I think that the show proves that teens need more entertainment that is real and centers around teenagers that deal with real problems.
14. K: Do you like when books take on controversial topics and should more authors do it?
AL: Yes, I wish more authors chose to take on more controversial topics. I think this goes back to empathy. The more people read about different kinds of people, the more they can relate to them. I hope more authors will tackle subjects for their readers.
15. K: Most powerful thing you have ever taken from a book?
AL: I love the book ” The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s a book that almost defies genre. It’s like part fiction, part self-help, part power of positive thinking, part personal development. It is so good. There are so many lessons that can be taken from it. But to me, the main message was, be what you are supposed to be.Stop shying away from what you are supposed to be because the world tells you something else.
16. K: What is the name of the book you are currently reading?
AL: I am currently reading ” On Writing” by Stephen King. It’s a book about the writing process and about his life. I also picked up another memoir at the library this week, ” The Sound Of Gravel” by Ruth Warrier. I heard it was pretty good I am excited to read it.
17. K: Favorite beauty product?
AL: Hmm, I am not really into beauty products too much. So I guess I have to say my Rodan and fields Micro-Dermabrasion Paste. I bought it from a friend who sells it online. It was EXPENSIVE serum from the same company and it feels like I got a facial, well not that I have ever actually had one! But it’s a great product.
18. K: In your very cute wedding photos you had on converses was it more for comfort or just something you guys just both liked?
AL: It was a little of both. My husband and I actually met at a shoe store and we both loved shoes and we both had a lot of them. We were constantly getting clearance shoes so we always had a lot. Converses were shoes we both really liked. We decided we wanted to wear them to the reception. My mother made me wear different shoes during the actual wedding but if I had my way, I would have worn them for the wedding and reception. They were a big hit. Our guests really loved seeing us in them!
19. K: I thought it was a pretty cool touch cause I am not good at walking in heels, did you face any backlash for not wearing the traditional heel?
AL: Yes!!! Mostly, my mom hahaha. But she finally got on board and was pretty cool about it. I have a friend that got married a few months after me and wore the most gorgeous purple heels at her wedding. I was a little jealous of those but I knew I would have NEVER been able to walk in them. I am also terrible at walking in heels.
20. K: What are your favorite things to do?
AL: I love to watch Netflix I especially like watching episodes of The Office. I also love hanging out with my husband and my dogs. I also love to read and to crochet. I love to spend time with my family too! Ii also have a pretty fun group of friends that I love spending time with too. I have spent so much time with them, they feel like family.
21. K: Who gave you the best advice,that isn’t famous?
AL: My dad gives great advice. He doesn’t talk much, but when he says something, it has value. He has given me lots of little advice gems throughout the years. But there is one I remember in particular. I was having a rough day, and he drove me from Williamsport to Bloomsburg to get something I left at school and he just told me that tomorrow would be better. He’s definitely a ” look at the brightside” kind of guy. Mostly he gives good advice by his actions. He shows up in life everyday.
22. K: Why do you think that people need to express themselves more verbally today than a few years ago?
AL: I think with the rise of technology that more and more people are relying on the written word like text messages to communicate. But it’s so important to be able to have a real conversation with someone and look them in the eye. People are way to addicted to their phones these days. I know I am. Sometimes, my husband and I plan tech free nights where we will watch a movie and put our phones and laptops away.
23. K: I feel like everyone has a different answer to this, or is always wondering why you are saying no to having kids right now, why is that? I for one am leaning towards the latter on this one for a few different reasons.
AL: This is a tricky one. When I was growing up I didn’t know too many couples that didn’t have kids. So I sort of grew up thinking first you fall in love, then you get married, and then you have kids. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really kind of put all the facts together and pretty much realized that you get to choose! So after college, I decided that kids may not be for me. It is a weird decision in many people’s eyes. I think parenting is such a big important job and that if you are not on board with doing it 100% that you probably shouldn’t have a baby. I am also not every comfortable around babies. They make me very nervous. I am also pretty selfish with my time. That being said, sometimes I don’t like to tell people that I don’t want to have kids because infertility is something that plagues a lot of women today. I know that if I did want kids and was trying desperately to get pregnant and it wasn’t happening, that I would be irritated with anyone saying,” Oh, I just don’t want to have kids.” They are hilarious and have such a unique perspective on this world. I truly think they are a treasure.I also know that my husband is on board with the decision. If he said tomorrow, I really want to have a baby, I would seriously reconsider my stance on it. I think that it’s important to find a partner that agrees with you about this. I didn’t want him to marry me expecting that I would change my mind. About every six months or so, my husband and I “check in” and make sure we are still on the same page about kids. I know if either one of us changes our minds the other person will reconsider their stance. I think it’s been hardest for our mothers to deal with. My mother just doesn’t want me to miss out on anything. And I know my husband’s mother would be ecstatic if we changed our minds.
24: K: A few months ago you did this project, can you tell me what it is and why you decided to take part in it?
AL: Project 333 is a project that can help people declutter their closets. I have been on a journey for the past year to declutter everything in my life. I found out about Project 333 by reading a blog written by Joshua Becker called Becoming Minimalist. On the blog, he encourages people to live well with less things. Project 333 was created by Courtney Carver who blogs at bemorewithless . The project encourages people to choose 33 articles of clothing, including shoes and accessories to wear for 3 months. It was such an experience to really see if I could could function with a “micro-wardrobe”. I had some unexpected realizations while completing the project. First, I was much less stressed about clothing because I didn’t have as many choices. Also, it really helped me see why I like the clothing that I like and it helped me weed through the clothing I didn’t choose for the project with a very close eye and determine if I should or shouldn’t keep it and why. Ii was clearly able to see why I like certain types of clothes and why I don’t like others. It was such a cool experience, one that I think everyone should try.
25. K: Was it hard?
AL: It was not as hard as I thought it would be. I very carefully choose my 33 pieces. I think I choose too many dresses ( I picked 4) and that was just a lesson learned. Next time, I would not choose as many dresses. The other thing that made the project easier for me was I did not count shoes or accessories I don’t have too many of those so I just didn’t count them. I think it would would have been A LOT harder had I included those things.
26. K: Did you find yourself liking the 33 pieces of clothing even after the 3 months was up? Or did you get tired of seeing the same 33 pieces?
AL: I actually didn’t get tired of the 33 pieces at all. They were my FAVORITE clothes. I even paired up something that I wouldn’t normally have paired. I have this dress that has dinosaurs on it and one of my favorite outfits was to wear a sweater over the dress. I turned dinosaur dress into dinosaur skirt. My husband did not like that outfit hahaha. But I would have never even thought to try mixing that without Project 333.
Well there you have it guys my interview with Alissa. I have been so excited to share this with you guys for over 2 weeks now. I learned a lot more things about her that I didn’t know before this, and I hope you guys enjoyed learning about her. If you guys want to see more of these types of posts, please let me know. I would love to do it again with different people. But if you have a question for Alissa regarding anything, please don’t hesitate to comment it down below and if I get enough questions I’ll do a part 2, if not I will just write her response in the comment section. Thank you for reading and please remember to follow my blog for more.
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