10 Questions with Mr. De Vinney

Claire Guttormson and Daisy Lehman


Lehman: Hello.


Lehman: How are you?

Devinney: Doing well.

Lehman: Would it be ok if we ask you some questions?

Devinney:Yeah, do you mind if I shelve books?

Lehman: Yeah, of course. What is your favorite book?

Devinney:My favorite book of all time is “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston, for sure. 

Lehman: What is the book you most often recommend to students 

Devinney:That would be “Punching the Air” by Ibi Zoboi.

Lehman:Why does literature matter?

Devinney: Literature matters because it lets us get a glimpse into the realities of other people. But it also reflects aspects of our humanity back to ourselves. And it builds our capacity for developing empathy. And helping you be more imaginative. 

Lehman:What is the last book you loved?

Devinney:The last book I loved was “White Smoke”, by Tiffany Jackson. 

Lehman: If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be?

Devinney: Frankenstein’s monster because he needs the company. 

Lehman:How did you become a high school librarian?

Devinney: I was in college and I randomly got a job for the college library. And then I loved it so much that I wanted to be in libraries forever.

Lehman: What was the largest fine a student has ever had to pay?

Devinney: Largest fine was about $100 and that was because of a lost textbook, so do not lose your textbooks. They’re very expensive. 

Lehman: What was the largest fine you ever had to pay?

Devinney: I’ve never had to pay a library fine. I’m dutiful. I’m a great patron.

Lehman: What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Devinney: Favorite book to movie adaptation would probably be It, the clown but not the new one like the old eighties one.

Lehman What is a book you’re looking forward to reading?

Devinney: I just picked up a book called “Homeland Elegies” by Ed Akbar. Just listened to him speak in a library event. He was really cool. So I’m excited to read that one.

Lehman:Great, thank you so much.

Devinney: Thank you