This week, the Advertiser-Gleam profiles Mandy Broadhurst, a former educator who now serves as the Guntersville Public Library director. As you might imagine, she loves books. But you may find out some other things you didn't know about Broadhurst right here:
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Albertville in 1978. Generation X, baby!
Q: Where did you attend school?
A: Albertville High School and the University of Alabama.
Q: Where all have you lived?
A: Only Albertville and Tuscaloosa.
Q: Where do you work? Tell us about your job/company.
A: I'm the Library Director at the Guntersville Public Library. Hopefully you've heard of us!
Q: What led you to your profession?
A: I was previously teaching in the music education field, but felt unfulfilled and needed a change. I love books and libraries, so I pursued the master's in Library and Information Studies. I've been a librarian for 9 years now.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: Providing the community with information and entertainment. I think libraries play a vital role in the enrichment of any community, and I just love that.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Essentially being a summer nanny/babysitter for different families every year.
Q: If you could relive one day from your life, what day would you choose?
A: The birth of my son. It all flew by so fast and there are just flashes of it remaining in my memory. I would love to relive that, pain and all.
Q: Tell us about your children?
A: I have one 17-year-old son, Will. He is a junior at Albertville High School.
Q: If you could have anything for your last meal on earth, what would it be?
A: Thanksgiving dinner - turkey, chicken dressing with cranberry sauce (only the can-shaped blob will do), mashed potatoes, corn, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, candied yams, etc.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: England. I love all things British.
Q: What hobbies do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I'm not involved in any productions right now, but I have been a part of many shows at the Whole Backstage. And I love to read, of course. Ready to get back to attending live concerts as well.
Q: What do you enjoy about living and working in Guntersville and Marshall County?
A: Guntersville is so culturally rich with our arts and theatre community, our museum and library, our array of musicians, craft artisans, etc. I love that this small town contains so much knowledge and creativity.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone from your life or history, who would it be and why?
A: My sweet mom. She passed away in 2015 and I'd give just about anything to sit down with her for one more meal and chat.
Q: Would you rather read a good book or watch a good movie and why?
A: I'd rather read a good book. I get to decide what the characters look and sound like. It also takes much longer than a movie, so the enjoyment isn't so brief.
Q: What moment in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
A: Sadly, it was probably the illness and passing of my mom. I'd never seen or felt such pain. I learned I am a lot stronger than I ever thought I could be.
Q: What would be the No. 1 thing on your bucket list?
A: Touring Western Europe. I will one day.
Q: If you could describe your morals in three words, what would they be?
A: "Just be kind."
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: As a good friend, mother, partner, coworker, etc. who made people laugh and feel cared for.