The newest member of the Doherty Library staff is Circulation Supervisor, Natalie Aquila. Natalie moved to Houston two years ago after graduating from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. St. Francis is also a small, liberal arts school with a tight knit community, very much like UST, so Natalie naturally feels at home here. She’s the second child among eleven children in a very close family. Natalie moved here after graduation partly because her family had moved her six months earlier. (It didn’t hurt that Houston’s job market was much stronger than Fort Wayne’s.) Natalie spends as much of her time as she can with my family because, she says, “we have absurd amounts of fun together.” Two of her siblings attend UST and work in the library. Two younger sisters also spend much of their time at Doherty as well.
Cooking is a huge part of Natalie’s Italian-American heritage. She likes to cook and bake in her spare time — everything from apple pie to pasta fagioli. The whole family likes to cook. They’re all in the kitchen during family gatherings (often on major Feast Days), and since there’s music playing – they dance!
Some of Natalie’s many other interests include: walking, creative writing, jump roping, playing kickball, and spending time with friends. And, as might be expected for a library worker, Natalie says, “I love reading!” She studied literature and mathematics in college and especially enjoys 18th and 19th century British literature. Her favorite book as a child was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. As a young adult she read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset and ever since it has been her favorite book. Natalie is currently reading Friday’s Child by Georgette Heyer (just for fun!).
Natalie’s been in Houston for two years now but still finds herself exploring the area. Her favorite place so far is Hermann Park, and all year long she looks forward to the Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theater. In the future Natalie hopes to continue her education in nursing or speech pathology. Maybe she will be the first graduate of our new nursing program.