Joe Popowitch MLIS ’97 featured in Pioneer Press


Joe Popowitch MLIS ’97, Indian Prairie librarian

August 30, 2016

Joe Popowitch MLIS ’97, who lives in Warrenville, has worked as a librarian at Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien for 21 years. An English and history major, Popowitch went on to Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest to study library science.

Q: Where did you grow up?
LaGrange Highlands. I graduated from Lyons Township High School.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer.

Q: What is your favorite book?
"To Kill a Mockingbird." I read that recently. I had never read it before. I probably appreciated it more than if I had read it in high school. I'm a parent, and you can see how the father let the kids figure things out for themselves.

Q: How many children do you have?
Three, a 10-year-old son and 6-year-old twins.

Q: Where is the farthest you have traveled?
I went to Denmark and England, when I was 13. I was on a traveling soccer team. And I went to France. My best friend married a French woman and I went to the wedding. And I was to Hawaii. I don't know which is the farthest.

Q: What was your favorite vacation?
Maui; we went there for our honeymoon. I expected it to be really crowded and there was nobody there, compared to how crowded the beaches are in California.

Q: What does your wife do for a living?
She is a copy editor for the Radiological Society of North America in Oak Brook. They put out several journals.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
"The Outlaw Josey Wales." It is very quotable. The library staff get to pick movies to recommend, and that is one I pick a lot. And I like "Cyrano de Bergerac." The 1950 original with Jose Ferrer. He plays Cyrano with a booming voice.

Q: If you could have a supernatural power, what would it be?
I would be fast.

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