If you’ve ever been to our Longest Avenue when Jenny’s working, you know you’ll be immediately greeted by a huge, contagious smile.
As her one of her fellow Assistant managers says, “Jenny is a beacon at our store. It doesn’t matter what mood she’s in, when she comes into work she is full of good energy. The customers and baristas both adore her. She’s picked up shifts at other stores and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t feel better after having met her.”
So make sure you say hello to her next time you visit – especially if you’re ordering the Turmeric Chai!
Which location do you work at?
Longest Avenue. What, what, Highlands folks represent!
How long have you been working at HB?
Three whole years.
Louisville native or transplant?
I’m a transplant. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, in a tiny town called Rabbit Hash. Ever heard of it? The mayor of the town is a dog! If you’ve never been, you should go, because that’s the kind of politics Americans need. Anyway, I moved to Louisville in 2012 for school, and I have loved every second here.
When you’re not working at Heine Brothers’, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love being with my church family at Fellowship Louisville. My time here has been so enhanced by these really great people who have taken me in and surrounded me with the love of God though the gospel. Most of my time, however, is spent either at school, working on school, or thinking about school. I’m a counseling student at Boyce College at Southern Seminary, so you will often find me on campus, reading all the books, and engaging with students.
What would your dream vacation entail?
Easy. Ireland. I mean, come ON. Sometimes, I’ll just Google images of Ireland when I’m feeling down. I am totally swept away by the beauty of that land. I imagine that sitting outside a cottage and looking at the scenery is as quaint as it sounds.
Finish the sentence: I couldn’t live without ______.
Honestly, my gut reaction is cheese. And I don’t think I’m going to amend that statement. Cheese really is the essence of life.
Best show you’ve seen here in town?
I’ve seen my favorite band, mewithoutYou, at Headliners a couple times, and each show was incredible.
Your most fearless moment or a time you pushed yourself the farthest?
Hm, good question. I would say I pushed myself the furthest when I changed colleges/career paths. In 2012, I was studying political science and English at UofL, and I really loved it. During that time, I watched a love one battle heroin addiction. He ultimately lost that battle, and passed away in 2013. Continuing at UofL and eventually attending law school seemed to be the most secure and financially rewarding thing to do. However, I knew then that my heart was for addictions counseling. I wanted to be a voice of compassion, encouragement, and relentless hope to people who, like my brother, had no voice left. I then transferred from UofL to Boyce to study counseling.
Since you work at Longest and have close access to Carmichael’s Bookstore, do you have a current read you would recommend?
In shame, I do admit that it took me way, WAY, to long to do so, but in the last few months I began really reading Wendell Berry. His work is a joy. If you haven’t read his writing, let me tell you, you are missing out. Carmichael’s has a wonderful selection of both his fiction and nonfiction. I highly recommend you come see us at Heine Brothers’, meander your way into Carmichael’s, pick up a copy of Jayber Crow, and read it like the Kentuckian you are.
Favorite HB drink & why?
Heine Bros’ single origin coffees are so good. Honestly, before you order whatever it is you order everyday, check the board and see what we’re brewing. You’ll really be in luck if the sign reads Ethiopia or Peru. Those two are by far my favorite. But if I’m feeling a little crazy, I’ll order a Turmeric Chai. I don’t know who first combined turmeric and chai, but I owe that person my life. Okay, that’s extreme; maybe I just owe them my undying gratitude. Or maybe just a thank you will suffice. Anyway, thank you, creator of Turmeric Chai.
MK Eagle wants you to get lit – at the library!
The program is a throwback to the Summer Reading Programs of your grade school days – but for adults. Aimed at encouraging young adults to get back in touch with their inner bibliophile, and rediscover the library, Get Lit® Lou gives you digital badges and the chance to win great prizes for reading books and attending library programs.
“We really wanted to get ourselves out of our buildings and meet people where they are already. Get Lit® Lou started with bouncing ideas around with [programs co-supervisor] Hannah. We often don’t see a lot of people in our age group coming to library programs. If you’re 20 or 30 and you don’t have kids, you don’t necessarily know what all the library has to offer,” MK says.
And boy does the library have so many programs to offer!
Aside from their large collection of physical books, magazines, archived photos & documents, with a library card you can also access e-books, subscriptions to online magazines, streaming services, and online video course services like Lynda.com and Treehouse.
In fact, MK says, “Many people access many of our services and never have to actually walk in the door if they don’t want to.”
But more than that, LFPL has programs for just about everyone in the community. Part of MK’s job is creating programs around education and tech outreach.
This includes an ESL/GED program that loans iPads out to participants, and Read 20 to Your Bunny, which is a reading program acknowledging the importance of parents reading to their newborns. Another fun program? Celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday last year at the downtown branch – complete with a Diagon Alley and access to the real “restricted section” in the stacks of the Library’s Main Branch downtown (pictured below)!
But one of the programs that most inspires MK is an outreach program with the Jefferson County Youth Center; “We recently started working with JCYC (some people know it as the youth detention center). We’ve been bringing robots, iPads, books – and it’s been really, really rewarding. I think most people might think of them as a challenging group to work with, but they’re so engaged and respectful! One day, we went in and all 8 of those young ones shook our hands before we left. It just makes me want to bring more of stuff.”
And MK isn’t a stranger to working with high school students; before moving to Louisville, MK worked in high school libraries in Boston, Massachusetts. Experience with teen and youth programming has helped MK bring great ideas to the current role and programs, “Just in general, I don’t think people realize how much we have – we’re bringing robots to kids and doing skateboard builds!”
And if your mind wasn’t blown enough by all the programs the library offers, we barely scratched the surface. Make sure you visit the Library’s website for a full list.
Plus, there are a few other cool things you may not know about the Louisville Free Public Library system’s history.
“I don’t know if everyone knows that the Main Branch is one of the original Carnegie libraries, and that the Western Branch was the first public library for African Americans in this country. It opened shortly after this 1908 building opened downtown, so it has some great archives there.”
In short, what are you waiting for? Dust off your library card and stop by your local LFPL branch (or visit the library online)!
Don’t forget about the last two Pop-Up Library events happening this month in our stores! Stop by and check out a book from the curated selection of coffee/tea books, sign up for a library card, ask a question, or sign up for the Get Lit® Lou rewards program:
Friday, February 17
10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, February 24
10:00am – 12:00pm
We’re opening a new location! The Hikes Point area has been one of our most customer-requested neighborhoods, and we’re excited to bring a new location to Hikes Point this spring. Stay tuned for our opening date, Grand Opening specials, and more!
Heine Brothers’ – Hikes Point
3965 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40202
Now Hiring! Apply online at heinebroscoffee.com/hikespoint.