Dan Bonsall is the Pendleton Library branch manager. Originally from Massachusetts, he has been working with the Anderson County Library System for a little over 2 years, first in the Reference Department at the Anderson Main Library and now as the Pendleton Library branch manager. He’s an avid runner, cook, boardgamer, and loves reading Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy with his family.
What brought you to working as a librarian?
A few years out from college, I was in a transition – including not working and moving back and forth across the county – and needed a new direction. Graduate school made sense and a Master’s in Library Science had appeal for letting me combine my interests in technology and information literacies. Books is just a bonus! As far as working at the Pendleton Library, I started in an academic library, but have found a home in public libraries: seeing a wider range of people, feeling a part of the community, and having a more “generalist” approach to information needs. I can follow my interests to explore new ideas and trends while also being of service to the community.
Do you have a favorite part of the library?
Besides the Tanglewood Mansion ruins and potential ghosts? I got really into the genealogy databases during lockdown and traced my family back into the 1700s. I’m excited about circulating the new Park Passes, and looking forward to a weekend that we can use it. And the audiobooks, actually. I love audiobooks.
Do you have a favorite audiobook narrator?
Not that I can keep track of – I have a hard enough time remembering authors! But I do enjoy a full cast recording: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy are both excellent. And Neil Gaiman, who narrates his own books, but it feels like cheating to pick him.
Any current books you’re reading or listening to? Or any recommendations?
I’m listening to Elevated by Stephen King, which he also narrates. And I’m also reading Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte, which is unusual. I haven’t been in the mood much for ponderous reading since the pandemic began. I’ve been playing a lot of games to unwind: Jaipur with my partner, and the app versions of Sagrada and Pandemic (duh!).
What’s next on your To-Be-Read list?
I’m a slow reader, so next picks feel like real commitments. Right now I’m looking at The Resisters by Gish Jen and then I’ve been waiting for Piranesi, Susanna Clarke’s follow-up after Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, to come out next month.
You can find Dan at the Pendleton Library. And yes, if you listen carefully, you can hea-h the accent occasionally.
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