Her love of peace and quiet makes the Cartersville Public Library the perfect place for Betsy Holt to work.
The new adult services library assistant started working at the library this past summer, mainly because of its tranquil environment.
"I’ve always loved quiet spaces like libraries where I can read and reflect without distractions," she said. "I think it’s so important that we maintain safe spaces like libraries where people can go and learn about new things and themselves through literature."
Name: Betsy Holt
Occupational title: Adult services library assistant
City of residence: Cartersville
Education: Bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Kennesaw State University and a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Alabama
Family: Mom, Valerie Holt; dad, Charles Holt
Daily Tribune News: What are your job responsibilities at the library?
Betsy Holt: I work at the reference desk and reader’s advisory desk. I also help with event programming and outreach activities like the pop-up library.
DTN: What do you enjoy most about your job and why, and what do you like least about it and why?
BH: I really enjoy helping people. When I help patrons find a book or we figure out how to do something online together, I’m as happy as they are. I don’t really have a least-favorite thing about my job.
DTN: What do you think is/are the best thing(s) about the Cartersville Public Library?
BH: I think the best things about the Cartersville Public Library are the resources offered and the beautiful, quiet space.
DTN: What kinds of changes would you like to see occur in the library system in the next five years?
BH: I think the ongoing preservation of libraries. The local community is so lucky to have such a great library. We need to keep cherishing and using it for years to come.
DTN: What kind of things do you like to do when you’re not working?
BH: I love to write, specifically humor essays. A lot of my work is on the website Thought Catalog. When I am not writing, I love to do "research" on my craft by reading autobiographies and books by comedians that I love and respect. I also like to get out and enjoy nature while reflecting on new writing ideas. My family has been going to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, for my entire life. I am definitely a beach person.
DTN: What would the title of your autobiography be and why?
BH: "I Have No Idea What I’m Doing." I try to make plans in life, and they always end up changing. Somehow, though, everything always works out in the end.
DTN: How would you describe yourself in three words?
BH: Funny, dreamer, ambitious
DTN: If you could visit any period or event in the past, what would you choose and why?
BH: I think I would choose to visit the 1960s. It seems like it was such a time of change, and I would love to go back and experience what it was like.
DTN: Do you have a bucket list, and if so, what is the one thing you most look forward to accomplishing?
BH: I do have a bucket list. I want to create a life where I get to be creative every day. I feel most alive when I can make people laugh and be happy. In whatever way I can accomplish that, if it’s through writing or some other avenue, that is my dream.
DTN: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
BH: I have tried both stand-up and improv comedy, even though I am the shyest person in the world.
DTN: If you could have dinner with any historical figure or celebrity, past or present, who would you pick and why?
BH: I would have dinner with John Mulaney. He is my favorite comedian and the person who started my love of comedy. I would love to learn from his experience as a stand-up and talk about how to flesh out comedic ideas with him.