Student Volunteer Amrutha Obbineni

This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.

As my parents can most definitely testify, one of my greatest passions is reading. My mom fondly tells everyone, that the reason for my glasses is not video games or excessive TV watching as it may be for other kids, but rather excessive reading. Little six-year-old me who wasn’t willing to put down a book, sneakily reading in the middle of the night with a flashlight is, according to my mom, the culprit behind my less than amazing vision. Let’s face it: she’s probably right (although, when is she not?). Fast forward 10 years, and, as a now 16-year-old, that same anticipation for a good book still exists, and, if anything has been amplified over time. In order to keep up with my admittedly vociferous appetite for books, I can often be found at the library scanning the thousands of books - and trying very hard to not take home every single one.

For the past few years, I’ve been a proud volunteer at Howell Branch. Whether it be my regular hours every week, the MakerLab, or the multitude of special events the library hosts, each and every time I volunteer, I leave smiling. Even as a rather busy high schooler who’s involved in numerous clubs, band, etc., I wouldn’t give up Wednesdays at the library for anything. It is often one of my favorite parts of the week - walking into the library and spending time surrounded by amazing people and doing my part to make the library a better place is truly a wonderful experience. When I’m not at the library or reading, I can be found either doing something school-related, spending time with my family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, or binge-watching Netflix.

Narrowing down the hundreds of books I’ve read and enjoyed to just twelve was a challenge in and of itself. I hope you enjoy them!

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