NOPL recently hired Bill Hastings to fill the new assistant director position at the library. Hastings has been a librarian for 17 years. He will be managing the North Syracuse branch of NOPL and working closely with director Kate McCaffrey and the board of trustees to continue implementing effective library services for Northern Onondaga County.
Hastings currently lives in Camillus, the same town where he grew up. He lives with his wife and their cat, Jitters (aka Mr. J. Bugs). He graduated from West Genesee Senior High School and earned a BA in history from St. Bonaventure University and his Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany. Before coming to NOPL, Hastings was the assistant director of the DeWitt Community Library. We are excited to have Hastings' creativity, experience, skills and sense of humor in the NOPL administration, and excited for our patrons to become familiar with him. Here's an initial introduction to this new character at your library. Welcome, Bill!
What kinds of books do you usually like? Any favorite titles?
I enjoy reading historical fiction and nonfiction books. One of my favorite books is The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and I first read it during the aftermath of a hurricane. We had no power and couldn't leave our apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina for several days. I was so glad that I had my books with me.
What newspapers or magazines do you like to read?
I read the local newspaper every day. In addition, I like to read online articles from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various other newspapers. As far as magazines go, I have subscriptions to Runner's World and American History.
What do you like to do for fun? Any hobbies?
For the past twenty years or so, I have enjoyed running and have participated in several local runs and races.