Snakelady Secrets

Sonya Schryer Norris

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” –Oscar Wilde

A little more about me…

Why do they call you the Snakelady Librarian?

  • I have a tattoo of an orobouros. That’s an image of a snake eating it’s own tail – a symbol of life consuming and renewing itself. And why yes, yes, that is the tattoo that Agent Scully got on the X-Files.

What is the Snakelady’s customer service ethic?

  • As I learned from my first employer, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, there is no 10% off sign when I’m having a bad day. It’s all about attitude, even when you’re washing the dishes.

What is Snakelady’s favorite book?

  • Oh, “favorite” is a tier. I have a favorite list of books and they include In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden, How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn, the collected poetry of Katherine Phillips, and Mama Day by Gloria Naylor. I like pop fiction too.

What is the Snakelady’s given name?

  • I was named after Dostoevsky’s Sonya from Crime and Punishment.

Where is the Snakelady from?

  • I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan but raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where my father teaches at James Madison University. I returned to Ann Arbor as a teen and attended Community High School then went on to Michigan State University to study English and Women’s Studies. About 10 years later I got a degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University.

My Passions Include

Instructional Design


User Experience

Project Management

My Road to the Library

Study abroad in London and Wales researching 17th century romantic female friendship poetry

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