Amanda Imperial has been the Creative Services Coordinator at the Marengo- Union Library for seven months. She did not replace anybody. She is the first person to have this title or hold this job. “I never imagined myself working at a library,” she says with a laugh. “But now that I’m here, I can’t believe how perfect this job is for me and how much I love it!”

Imperial’s surprise is understandable, considering her entire background is in art and computer game design. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Game Design and Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY and is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Digital Communication and Media Arts from DePaul University in Chicago. Does that sound like a librarian to you?

In today’s world, it certainly does! Imperial considers her career path a “melding of technology and art.” She brings both to her work at the Marengo-Union Library. Her artistic eye and touch are visible on the bulletin boards around the Library (such as the one pictured above which she created in collaboration with Kim Holesha) and the posters and flyers she’s designed to promote the many programs the library offers.

You can see more of her artistic eye and clear proof of her technological know-how if you visit the newly launched (Sept 1) MULD website which she designed. Go to www.MULD.org to enjoy a very user-friendly, interactive and informative online presence that will connect you to the library right from your own computer or ipad, and also draw you to the actual library building to enjoy the many activities and programs described on the website.

Imperial finds her greatest joy working with some of those hands-on programs. She likes to play games. For her Master’s thesis she’s designing a computer game, and she’s even drawn to virtual games. But at the library, she likes to introduce people to new table-top games and watch them figure them out, get to know other players and have fun. “Nothing is more rewarding,” she claims.

The first Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Imperial hosts a Tabletop Club where participants come to learn and enjoy new table top games and get reacquainted with some changing familiar games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Check the website to see which games are up for each month. And if you want to learn two spooky games, consider the October meeting. It’s been moved to October 14, because of Settler’s Days, and it will feature some Halloween candy and the games Mysterium and One Night Ultimate Werewolf.

Amanda Imperial invites you to join her if you dare.

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