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Photo of Jason, the Assistant Director.Jason has been working at the Library since 2001, starting in Kids & Teens, and now as the Assistant Director.  He loves his job and all the variety it brings, as well as interacting with staff and patrons.

Jason loves a little bit of everything, really, but is most passionate about reading, music, cooking, and gaming.  A typical Friday night finds him either snuggled on the couch with his wife, some wine, and a good book, or at a friend's house playing Magic the Gathering or Settlers of Catan and other Euro board games.

 

Jason's Current Picks (Updated 10/2/2021)

As mentioned above, I love a little bit of everything.  My favorite reads are fantasy, sci-fi, mysteries, contemporary fiction, teen, and comics.  But, since I have a decent commute, I also listen to a lot of audiobooks, which has led me to enjoy listening to memoirs read by the author.  It's a big, messy mix, but I enjoy it.

 

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Favorite Checkouts of 2020  (Created 1/5/2021)

Despite 2020 not being a good year, I still managed to have a good year of books and binging.  Below are my favorite things that I read, watched, or listened to in 2020, which included some great fantasies, sitcoms, and thoughtful reflections about our society.

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Fantasy Series (Updated 1/5/2021)

Here are some of my favorite fantasy series.  There's nothing like a good, fat, fantasy series full of magic, mystery, war, romance, politics, and fantastic world building.  Listed are the first volumes in the series.

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