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Signature Memphis | January 2019

Photo by Steve Roberts

Keenon McCloy

Director, Memphis Public Libraries

Hometown: Memphis

Favorite Song: I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) from Talking Book by Stevie Wonder

Your Lucky Charm: My mom

Your Best Quality: I love all people.

A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: Mahatma Gandhi

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Grit and Grind.  Everywhere

Favorite Place to Travel: My most sentimental comfort destination is always Florence, AL. Our family loves to stay with my aunt and uncle on their farm. 

Best Memphis Hangout: Our libraries, of course! If you haven’t been lately, check us out.

First Car You Owned: A brown, 1972 Ford LTD with 17,000 miles on it

Place You Go to Think: I like to go for a walk in a park.

Favorite Southern Idiom: “There’s no use crying over spilled milk.”  

Best Advice You Ever Got: “Do your best — it will be good enough.”

Your Most Annoying Habit: I interrupt people while they are speaking— I am working on this as it’s impolite. 

The Highlight of Your Day: Every day at work is different, and every day offers up a lagniappe of some sort.

Proudest Moment of Your Life: The births of my children—it was an amazing honor to know that I was even a small part of their beginnings.

Who Would Play You in a Movie: Hopefully a person with a good sense of humor

Something You’ll Never Live Down: Making a long, complicated coffee order in the drive-thru at Poplar and Prescott while FaceTiming a group of friends. The order taker said, “Ma’am, do you know you are at Taco Bell?”  No, I did not, and my friends still like to remind me.

One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: To help move the needle on poverty and literacy in Memphis.