As the new director of the East Lake Community Library, Eannel plans on "being proactive'' in her never-ending quest to increase the number of lifelong readers. "It's important for staffers to be readers too. I thoroughly enjoy children's literature and, for example, I love to 'booktalk' to kids. (Librarians) should always say things like, 'Since you liked that book, you should read this one too,' " said Eannel, 65. Before starting her new job Sept. 3, Eannel was the assistant director of the Palm Harbor Library. She also worked at the Middle Country Public Library on Long Island as a children's librarian.
What's on your nightstand?
I started watching The White Queen and, rather than reading Philippa Gregory's series, I found this wonderful book of nonfiction, Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother, in which Philippa Gregory teamed up with two historians, David Baldwin and Michael Jones, about the War of the Roses.
Did any of the retelling of history surprise you?
Yes, because when you see the television series, there's a lot of license taken, as a work of fiction. When you look at the actual history, you realize there's a lot of treachery and deceit in real life anyway. It reads like a novel even though it is historic fact.
So are you going to continue with other nonfiction or now go back to novels?
I'll pursue more nonfiction. I want to read more David Baldwin and Michael Jones.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer