A generation separates Boss Lady and Broadway Gal, but their roots are in the same Indianapolis neighborhood of Irvington. There are many other similarities. Both hold masters' degrees in library science from I.U.P.U.I., where they were classmates back in the day. Both began their library work in youth services. Both have dynamic, extroverted personalities. Both are decisive leaders. Both work incredibly hard. Both are snazzy dressers. Both are female. Both are people, not felines. Amazing similarities! Coincidence? Read the book.
- Broadway Gal: "I loved my library [Irvington's Brown Branch] as a child. My favorite memory is my Children's Librarian. She knew my name and supplied me with lots of books on the strange things I always wanted to read about. . . . This mostly included dolls that could talk."
- Boss Lady: "I remember our weekly school visits to the Brown Branch Library in Irvington, located on the east side of Indianapolis on Washington Street. I remember the excitement of opening those glass doors and entering another world where my imagination could take me anywhere. When entering, I remember a faint breeze that brushed my face and filtered through my nose a distinctive aroma only those who have read a book mere inches from their noses can understand. In a single file, we were led to 'our area,' and there stood what seemed to be acres of bookcases with rows filled with tall, thin, fat, and short colorful books just waiting for me to pull them off the shelf. At a low desk sat the librarian, who in a whisper encouraged us to 'contain' our excitement (i.e., to behave) while selecting our books and to speak softly during our visit. I loved Brown Branch and have SO many more fond memories!"
- Broadway Gal: "I have two favorite things about working at MPL: my patrons and my fellow staff members. Our library is a great place to work because we are all here to help out our patrons. I most enjoy connecting young readers with books, and my favorite way to do that is through book talks!"
- Boss Lady: "I literally pinch myself everyday to make sure this isn't a dream. I have the best career in the world and the best TEAM! . . . . I hope that wonderful memories are created at MPL. Whether you are a child or adult, the library can be a place to gather and socialize; seek information and answers; leisure reading; check-out free movies, music, video games; connect with your social media friends--so much is inside these glass doors! The library adds to the quality of life, and I am proud of our staff, Board of Trustees and Friends organization, who sincerely strive to make visits to the Mooresville Public Library a wonderful experience and [work to ensure] that our patrons enjoy the experience and return, often!"