Vonda Harris

This week’s theme: Montrose Regional Library staff members

Harris is a Montrose native. She attended Olathe High School and Mesa State University, now Colorado Mesa University. Harris has moved away from Montrose several times, but always returns because she says Montrose feels like home. She has been married to her husband Steven for 13 years, and they have two children. She has worked for the library for approximately a year and is a circulation clerk.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: Writing, walking and gardening. In fact, I’m a poet, and I just published a book, “Love Letters and Simple Truths.”

Q: What do you enjoy about poetry?

A: It’s a different language. It’s a way to get across what you’re trying to say, but it’s easier for me then actual English, if you will.

Q: How did you start working for the library?

A: I was a patron here, and I love this library. I was here so much that when I saw an opening come up, I said, “I might as well get paid.”

Q: Do you think people in the community read enough? Why or why not?

A: I feel like they do. We have quite a brisk business here. I’m not too crazy about us going away from books in paper form, though, and going to the technology. I don’t want to see the books lost.

Q: What’s your favorite book and why?

A: I cannot narrow it down to one. I love the Janet Evanovich series, “Stephanie Plum.” Because it’s just hilarious, it’s irreverent and you cannot not laugh at that.

— Monica Garcia

“Familiar Faces” is a recurring feature that offers a brief profile of individuals who live in the Uncompahgre Valley in an effort to showcase what makes the area unique. Each week, the focus will shift to representatives of a specific group, such as photographers, teachers, clergy members, etc. To suggest a group or individual, email editor@montrosepress.com.

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