The New Guy at Langsdale


                                            Getting to know Kyle Breneman

Langsdale recently welcomed its new integrated digital services librarian. Of course, we were quick to ask a few nosey questions.

Link:What do you consider to be your hometown?
Breneman:I grew up in Mount Joy, a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Link:What was your first job?
Breneman: Bussing tables at a local restaurant.  I started when I was a junior in high school.  Within a few months, I had the dubious honor of being promoted to short-order cook.
Link:What are your hobbies?
Breneman: Predictably, I love reading.  I also really enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking/canoeing and just generally exploring beautiful outdoor spaces.  My wife and I have a dream of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail once our kids have grown and moved out of the house.
Link:What are some of your favorite books?
Breneman: The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas, At the Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, by Eugene O’Neill, Almost anything by Madeleine L’Engle, also Rodney Stark’s nonfiction.
Link:Movies? TV shows?
Breneman: Movie – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, TV show – Downton Abbey
Link:Do you have a collection of any sort?
Breneman: I have a small, dormant stamp and coin collection.  If I were very wealthy, I would collect old cars, especially from the ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s.
Link:What are some of your favorite foods?
Breneman: Vietnamese rice, when made with bacon.  All kinds of quiche.  Cookies and cream ice cream.  Chocolate cake with caramel icing.  
Link:What do you like best about UB so far?
Breneman: That it has a bee for a mascot, that it’s in the middle of a vibrant city and that it has such a great team of librarians.
Link:What do you like best about Baltimore?
Breneman: Hum.  I’m not sure yet.  I’m excited to explore all that the city has to offer, once the weather gets a bit warmer.  (Suggestions for what we must do/see are welcome!)  I’m also thrilled to be back on the east coast, close to Lancaster, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Link:For your  a.m. fix, do you prefer tea or coffee?
Breneman: Definitely tea, especially orange tea or Lady Grey.
Link:If I didn’t work in a library, I’d probably….
Breneman: Be either a history or an English professor.

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