Neighbors: Amy Schaffer
Occupation: Teen services librarian at Basehor Community Library
Place of birth: Kansas City, Kan.
Family: Father, Bill; mother, Kathy; sister, Kelly; brother, Danny
Q: When did you move to Basehor, and what brought you here?
A: I moved to Basehor in 1988. I was only 4 at the time, so it wasn’t so much an active decision on my part as it was that my parents decided to bring me with them.
Q: What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
A: Traveling to Japan by myself to see a friend who was studying there. It was only the second time I’d traveled alone and I decided to go halfway around the world.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A: My grandpa used to tell me, “Keep your socks up,” and that’s never failed me.
Q: What three things would you want people to know about you?
A: I’m a bit strange and I’m really OK with that. I love a good stormy night with loud booms of thunder and bright flashes of lightning. And I own so many books that I have a barcode scanner and cataloging system at home just to try to keep track of it all.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: At age 5, I had grand ambitions to be a witch. At 11, I wanted to be a paleontologist but the next year realized I just had to be a famous actress. By the end of high school I’d come to the conclusion that there were only two things I truly wanted to do, write and work in a library.
Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?
A: Someplace historic with lots of legends or interesting facts I can learn about. It’s an added bonus if there’s a ghost story or haunting to go along with it.
Song: It changes often. One day it might be a Queen song and the next, the title song of a German musical.
Food: Pasta. I could eat it every day.