An Interview with SMCL’s Darwin Eustaquio
Today we give another unique and talented SMCL staff member time to shine.
Who Are You and Where Are You From?
"My name is Darwin Eustaquio and I am originally from Central America. My family emigrated from Nicaragua to the U.S. when I was 5 years old and I've lived in the Bay Area since then. Daly City, South San Francisco, Millbrae, San Mateo, San Carlos, and Redwood City are some of the cities I've called home."
What Inspired You to Work in Libraries?
"While growing up in South San Francisco, I visited my local library several times a week and it was always a place of wonder for me, with tons of information right at my fingertips and great spaces available to work on school assignments. The fact that they lent out Super Nintendo video games didn't hurt either. Now that I'm older, I enjoy spreading the love of libraries and knowledge with our local community."
(NOTE: I heart Super Nintendo.)
What Do You Do at SMCL and Where Can We Find You?
"I'm a Senior Community Program Specialist at the East Palo Alto Library and I focus on after school academic programming for K-12th graders as well as community outreach."
What Do You Like Most About Your Job?
"I really enjoy the daily personal interactions I have with our students, parents, volunteers, and staff. I particularly love it when our former elementary school students come back to volunteer when they're in high school. East Palo Alto is a tight-knit, energetic, proud, and generous community that never ceases to inspire me. I've had the honor of working here for over 8 years and look forward to many more."
What Would You Tell People About Libraries That They Might Not Know?
"That it's not just a quiet building full of books. In addition to great collections that include movies, music, magazines, and ebooks (plus guitars and seeds at East Palo Alto), we offer excellent daily and one-time programs for all ages and take pride in helping build a sense of community."
What Are You an (Un)Official Expert On?
Also, I feel pretty confident about my skills in administering reading assessments to elementary school-aged students. We've been doing these for 6 years with our Quest Learning Center at East Palo Alto Library."
What Are Your Hobbies?
What Book, Movie, and Album Would You Take With You to a Deserted Island?
"I'd probably take a huge unabridged dictionary. It's the one book I'd never get bored of plus I'd have ridiculous vocabulary skills if I was ever rescued. A season of Family Guy would make my predicament a lot more enjoyable. That or the latest season of Dexter, since I've yet to watch it. I'd probably take the Hot Fuss album by The Killers or Contra la Corriente by Marc Anthony so that I don't lose my Spanish."
Who Is Your Favorite Fictional Character of All Time?
"Huckleberry Finn because I always wanted to live his adventures when I was a kid (and still do). Also, Batman because he fights crime without having any special powers (which keeps my hope alive that I could one day be him)."
If You Could Have One Superpower, What Would It Be?
"To be able to fly like a bird -- they don't ever have to deal with traffic and enjoy amazing views all the time."
What is Your Go-To Dessert?
"The Mojave Desert -- oh wait, read that wrong. Chocolate ice cream, preferably Haagen-Dazs Belgian Chocolate."
In One Word, What Do Libraries Mean to You?
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