Meet the Staff: Arlysse Quiring

Arlysse Quiring is one of the newer members of the Library User Services team, but she has already become an invaluable addition to the library.  If you see any eye-catching displays by the library, chances are that Arlysse had a hand in creating them.  In her time away from the library, she enjoys music (she is an accomplished musician and teacher), drawing, watching classic movies, reading fine literature, and learning different languages.

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What’s the one book you suggest everyone read? Why?

The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s classic horror, but really more about the tragedy of humanity. It is absolutely relevant in the today’s world, and a wonderful read!

 

What’s one skill that everyone should develop?

Empathy. Severely undervalued and so essential. Read or watch Orson Scott Card’s controversial Ender’s Game for a wonderful take on the importance of empathy.

 

Which person – living or dead – do you most admire?

In the top five at least would be William Wilberforce: His work in both human rights (abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire) and animal rights (founding the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), changed the world immeasurably, and his legacy continues to this day.

 

Which talent would you most like to have?

Wingsuit jumping. I’m not sure if I could bring myself to do it, but it looks so fun!

 

What’s one powerful piece of advice for living a fulfilling life?

Question everything. Question your values, your upbringing, your world view… everything. Make sure that you’re living the life you want, under your terms, within your own decisions. CHOOSE your career, your family, your religion, your education, your lifestyle, etc. When you question everything, you don’t weaken your personal convictions, you strengthen your sense of self.