July 9, 2017

Darcy Brixey
King County Library System

Where do you work?

I am a teen services and genealogy liaison in the King County Library System.

What is the most important work that you do to benefit your community?

The most important thing I can do is connect people and resources. This means through homework, through social services or even connecting readers to authors.

How long have you been a WLA member?

I’ve been a WLA member since the turn of the last century.

What is your most memorable WLA experience?

There have been many memorable experiences, and most of them around author experiences. I believe the most fun was introducing Dan Savage. It turns out his husband went to my high school!

In what other ways have you gotten involved with WLA?

I’ve spent time on the board for CAYAS and the Intellectual Freedom sections. I served as President 2015-2016, and I’m finishing up my term as Past President.

What would you tell someone new to libraries about joining WLA?

Your time in libraries will be more enriching if you take the time to join an organization like WLA. It gives you great perspective and a chance to see the general landscape of libraries across the state.

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. It’s got everything that intrigues me: WWII, ghosts and war brides. I’m also reading Nightbird by Alice Hoffman because my daughter insisted on it. She would tell you it’s about a witch and a curse, but I would tell you it’s about love and friendship. Either way, it’s a fantastic middle grade read. Finally, I’m listening to Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It’s narrated by Fisher and it feels like a good conversation with a friend.

If someone were writing your biography, what would the title be?

Not sure that my life is worthy of a biography but a few titles would be: Completely Knits: Patterns That Confused Me, Overdue: My Life in Fines, or Rhetorical Questions and Their Answers.