The tiny Indian Rocks Beach Library, serving the gulfside community of about 4,100, has one full-time employee: Talerico, who became the city librarian in November, replacing Jane Mitchell. Talerico's background includes stints with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library system, the Pinellas Talking Book Library and the libraries of St. Petersburg College. Talerico received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and a master's degree in library and information science as well as a second master's in arts in the humanities from Florida State University. Talerico, 52, is also a freelance writer who is currently at work on a novel.
What's on your nightstand?
The books on my nightstand are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Annotated Classic Fairy Tales and The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. The first three books are all on the top of my reading list since they provide inspiration for my own writing. Foudini M. Cat has been one of my favorite books of all time. It is written from the perspective of Foudini, the cat who is the narrator. He provides plenty of astute observations from a cat's perspective as well as philosophy and feline wisdom. As the human companion of a 21-year-old feline, this information can come in very handy.
How is the library patron at Indian Rocks different than those in Hillsborough?
The Indian Rocks Beach Library is a cozy beach community library. ... The Hillsborough County library system is very large and each library is unique in its own right, ranging from the main library and regional libraries designed to accommodate all needs, including research, to small rural neighborhood libraries. ... At Indian Rocks Beach, since we are the neighborhood library, I am able to focus my attention on the needs of this unique community and tailor the collection according to the requests of our patrons.
Piper Castillo can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4163.