Face-Off: Library Co-Directors


Ford Legg, Sports Editor

What’s your go-to snow day book?

Ms. Duncan: Something by David Sedaris because that will always make me laugh.

Ms. Hoven: “Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats while I’m cuddled up with my kids.


What’s your favorite hobby?

Ms. Duncan: I love finding old, used furniture on Craigslist, sanding it down, painting it, and refinishing it.

Ms. Hoven: Sledding down President’s Lawn at Tufts with the big hay bales to crash into at the end.


What are your best tips for writing a research paper?

Ms. Duncan: Write your citations and bibliography as you go; don’t wait until the last minute.

Ms. Hoven: Pick something you care about because the work will be much more tedious if you’re not interested.


Which book character would you like to be for a day?

Ms. Duncan: Don Quixote. He’s such an incredible, whimsical, magical, wacky guy who gets into tons of adventures, and I want to live in his odd-ball mind for a day.

Ms. Hoven: Wanda Maximoff. I would rule the world with all her super abilities.


Which author would you most like to meet?

Ms. Duncan: Carmen Maria Machado. Her writing is brilliant, and I think she’d be a fascinating and insightful person to meet.

Ms. Hoven: I read all Roberto Bolaño’s books right after he died, and I have so many burning questions for him.


Describe your fellow library co-director in three words:

Ms. Duncan: Funny, hardworking, dedicated.

Ms. Hoven: Trustworthy—there’s no one I trust more at this school—warm, funny. We laugh more than people realize.