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Ron Fontaine

Head of Reference Services

How long have you worked at BPL?
24 years.

What’s your favorite thing about working at the library?
Answering reference questions and helping patrons find books. If I make them happy, then I’m happy, too!

What is your favorite book?
Being a lover of popular music of the 20th Century, and a Reference Librarian, my favorite is a reference book entitled “American Popular Songs from the Revolutionary War to the Present” by David Ewen.

Favorite genre?
For fiction, it’s Science Fiction and Horror.

Favorite food?
Pistachio ice cream!

Your hobbies?
Collecting vinyl records, especially 45rpm Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm and Blues discs of the 1950s and 1960s. Also, watching old movies and TV shows made before 1970.

Tell us some surprising things about yourself.
1) I have a double: Actor and playwright, Wallace Shawn (Princess Bride, Clueless, Young Sheldon). It was a thrill meeting him!
2) This year marks my 40th year as a librarian!