My name is John Purdy and I was raised In Covington, Kentucky along with two older brothers. Mom was a registered nurse and Dad was a postal clerk. I graduated from Covington Catholic in 1967 and went on to Northern Kentucky Community College. I have been married to my wife Trina for 43 years and we raised two kids. My daughter, Shannon, is a teacher at Simon Kenton High School and my son, Eric, is a registered nurse at Redwood School.
I had my first “job” at the age of nine when I sold newspapers at the Latonia race track. Dad and I worked many different routes for the Kentucky Post over a period of 8 years. My first real job was as a dishwasher-busboy at the Woolworth lunch counter in Covington. I doubt if many people will remember that lunch counter, but it was an L shaped counter that went from the north end to the east end of the store. It was probably the most physical job that I ever had.
In 1970 I enlisted in the Army for three years. I wound up in Vicenza, Italy. I like to say that the Italian campaign was rough, but somebody had to do it. The most exciting experience that I had in my 2 ½ years in Italy was flying in a helicopter through the Alps. It was absolutely breathtaking.
When I returned to the states I worked in retail (ugh) for a couple of years until starting with the Post Office where I stayed for 34 years until 2007. I’ve always been a library user so when I saw that BCPL was hiring, I decided to apply for a part-time position. I did need some quarters for Social Security and the library seemed like a nice place to work. A few months after I started, a full time position opened up. Because I was enjoying my job so much, I applied for the full-time position and am still here over 10 years later. I never believed I would be here this long.
As the Circulation Assistant at the Scheben Branch, most of my time is spent at the front desk providing the best customer service possible. Other time is spent servicing discs that are not playing properly as well as examining items donated by customers to determine if they can be added to the BCPL collection or if the book sale is the best place for them.
I am an avid music collector. I have a collection of over 700 vinyl albums, 1000 45 RPM records and over 1000 CDs. I also have a large collection of rare Beatle bootleg CDs. Because I was a teen during the 60’s, I am a fan of 60’s music, especially The Beatles. As a teenager, I was a singer in a rock band. We didn’t make much money, but managed to have a lot of fun. I have been to many concerts, but the concert I enjoyed most was just a few years ago when I saw Grand Funk Railroad. It had rained all day and stopped just long enough for the concert. Considering the weather, the crowd reaction that night was the best I’ve ever seen! Music has always been a large part of my life.
Another one of my hobbies is gardening. When I was growing up, my Mom and Dad always had a garden. When I moved to Boone County my Father-in-Law had a large garden and I gladly shared duties with him. Now in the summers, I raise a fairly large vegetable garden of my own. I usually have plenty of extra so I like to share the wealth with my co-workers.
I’ve got to say that I have enjoyed my time at the library. When you have wonderful co-workers and interaction with a great group of customers every day, being here seems more like fun than a job!