Get To Know: Judith Wines

Judith Wines

Director, Altamont Free Library

• Hometown: Riverhead

• Current residence: Albany


Judith Wines

What are you listening to?

I’m listening to the audio book “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride. I’m also a big fan of “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!” on NPR.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

I liked “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson and “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.What have you been watching on TV?

I’ve really been enjoying the BBC’s “Sherlock Homes.” I am just staring “Orange Is the New Black.”

What was the best movie you saw?

“Wolf of Wall Street.”

What would your dream vacation be?

Probably hiking in Norway … something outdoors with gorgeous scenery.

What are some of your hobbies?

I run … I’m training for the Mohawk Hudson Marathon this fall. Of course I read.

What would your last meal be?

It would probably be a phenomenal risotto with a grilled veggie salad and amazingly delicious fruity and healthy dessert, or pizza.

Who is someone you would you like to meet, dead or alive?

Julius Caesar … I spent a lot of time reading about him.

What is your favorite local memory?

The opening of the Altamont library in the train station. Also, when I got married at Thatcher Park and a police siren was blaring during the ceremony. It was the moment of, like, they’re not coming for us?

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

Despite being a middle-of-the-pack runner … I came in second in the Dead Sea Marathon in Jordan, because, basically, no women ran. I have also been visited in the middle of the night by the secret service. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, I received death threats, and the word got back … so they came to my house in the middle of the night and tried to convince me I was fine.

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