Meet Adriana…from Mexico to the Florence Branch!

Being bilingual has many advantages, and for Adriana Silva, it paved the path for her future. Adriana was born and raised in Mexico living there until she was thirty. With her Mom being from America (Texas) and her Dad being from Mexico, Adriana was brought up speaking both languages and loving both cultures. She has always celebrated, with respect, Independence Day for both countries on July 4 and September 16. Adriana’s Mom was committed to teaching her daughters about America and making them feel a part of the country. She had many American friends in Mexico that Adriana interacted with and planned at least one trip a year to visit with Adriana’s grandparents in Texas.

Adriana with her husband and daughter at Niagara Falls.

Adriana is the middle child of two sisters that together created a close childhood bond. Because of the year round nice weather, the sisters spent most of their childhood outdoors hiking, swimming, biking and just getting dirty. Scouts played an active role in Adriana’s childhood and the members became additional siblings in an extended family for Adriana to grow up with. It was a mix of both boys and girls that participated in many outdoor adventures that required roughing it. Living near the mountains, the Scouts would regularly hike and climb with backpacks looking for a perfect spot to camp. No family campsites and no indoor activities for this group!

After Adriana graduated from high school, she was highly sought after to teach the English language. Coming from two parents that were teachers and deciding she wanted more, Adriana continued to teach English while earning a Bachelors in Pedagogy. In 2000, Adriana married in Mexico. Shortly after, Adriana’s parents and sisters moved to the United States for job opportunities. In 2006, after her daughter turned one, Adriana followed her family to the United States with her husband and daughter. Eventually all but one sister landed in Northern Kentucky.

When Adriana saw that the Florence Branch of Boone County Public Library was looking for a bilingual person, she knew it was the perfect fit with her experience and degree. She has been with BCPL now for twelve years as a Youth Services Associate determining what the community needs and planning age appropriate programs to meet the need. Adriana’s favorite part of working at BCPL is the opportunity to work with the Hispanic community. She runs the Spanish Storytimes, family programs and Hispanic outreach. One-on-one meetings with Spanish speaking adults allows her to help with resumes, immigration forms, school paperwork, printing documents, translations, etc. Every day is different as Adriana offers a sense of comfort to those trying to settle into a new area.

In her spare time, Adriana enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She truly enjoys just being a Mom and is very close to her daughter. They take long walks, visit various parks, watch movies and enjoy being outdoors. They recently took an amazing road trip to Niagara Falls and then headed to Boston where they met up with Adriana’s family to celebrate her parents’ 50th Anniversary. Although they enjoyed all the historical sites, their favorite was the National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth. It was a trip they will never forget!

Adriana with her family celebrating her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

For Adriana, being bilingual gave her an upper hand in the job market when graduating high school, an academic advantage through college, a better understanding of a different culture and ease of moving to another country. The Florence Branch has a great resource for Spanish speaking people looking to understand English, and Adriana is there to help!

Meet Samantha – she can bring out your creativity!

Let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. My name is Samantha, and I have three facts for debate:  1) I listen to heavy metal.  2) I am naturally a red-head.  3) My husband is 15 inches taller than me.

I’ve been working at BCPL for only 8 months, but have been a part of BCPL for so much longer!  As a kid, I spent a lot of time at the Lents Branch, both for myself, and tagging along as my mom has been in the Chick Picks book club for 19 years. The library has always been a part of my life, but I never knew how big that piece would become. I started out at UC studying architecture, but after two years, I ran away (screaming) to NKU, where I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, having studied graphic design plus some painting, ceramics, and screen printing on the way.

 

After graduating, I worked for a local company designing a myriad of items for them. But when the Boone Innovation Lab at the Hebron Branch was set to open, and the position to work with all the creative machinery became available, I couldn’t pass it up!  My job now not only entails my own creative process, but helping others realize what they can create.  And I get to use a sewing machine, photo cube, 3-D printer, form box and so much more!  Click here to learn more about the Boone Innovation Lab and to reserve equipment.

In my spare time, my husband (Damian) and I watch sci-fi movies, historical dramas, and medical dramas; (we are watching Scrubs for the 4th time currently!). We also go to concerts, specifically METAL! Most recently we saw The Hu, a Mongolian metal band at The Taft. Also this past year, we saw Iron Maiden, Breaking Benjamin and 3 Days Grace. Some of our favorite shows have been Rob Zombie (seen 5 times), Seether (seen 4 times), Gojira (seen once, but they are great!), InFlames (seen twice), and Breaking Benjamin (seen 4 times).

 

Damian and I have been married for just over a year, and have been together for almost 6 years. Our wedding was at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and before our ceremony, we were given an hour to wander the closed museum and take photos. If you look at the photo, you can see that Damian is quite a bit taller than I, 6’4 to my 5’1, which makes him 15 inches taller than me!

Which brings us to the end of the game, the lie. I am not naturally a red-head, though sometimes I wish I was! My mother has bright red hair, and for years, I dyed my hair red as well. Red isn’t the only color I’ve tried though; in the past it has been blue, green, and even purple.

 

So come visit me at the Hebron Branch!  I can help you tap into your creative side and teach you to use the machinery in the Boone Innovation Lab.  Or maybe just discuss heavy metal!