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Anna Maria Watkin

Anna Maria Watkin
Title: Director
Parkland Library

MLS, Illinois State University
MFA, Illinois State University
MLS, University of Illinois

So, what does a college library director read? For Anna Maria Watkin, director of the Parkland Library since 1999, these days it’s the crime fiction novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Other interests of the Shrewsbury, England, native would include cooking international dishes, knitting, and gardening. In fact, art or landscape gardening would likely be her career, did she not so enjoy library work. “I’m inspired by Nature and all she has to offer if we take care of her.”

Visit the University of Illinois' woods in Urbana, and you might find Anna Maria there enjoying its lovely quietness, perhaps listening to Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Nina Simone, or Billy Holiday. She prefers “‘staycations’ and discovering "all the wonderful things there are to do within a 150 mile radius of C-U." She's also an avid movie fan. Her favorite advice? “Be true to your heart.”

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2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217.351.2200
Toll Free: 800.346.8089


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