Random Questions: Emily Sly

Emily Sly - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Emily Sly
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

After four years as the North Olympic Library System’s volunteer coordinator and homebound program coordinator, Emily Sly has stepped into the role of Sequim Library’s branch manager. She replaces Lauren Dahlgren, who accepted a job as public services manager in Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock. Sly worked on an interim basis before accepting the job in February.

Originally a South Dakotan, Sly is married and has a 2-year-old daughter. She said of the reading she does, it’s mostly with her daughter.


Question 11: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Sly: I like to bake sweet treats. I especially like cinnamon rolls, which my grandmother taught me to make. I definitely like the caramel, sticky rolls with pecans. It has a Midwest feel to it.


Question 12: What is your earliest memory?

Sly: When my sister and I were kids, we moved to an old farm house with a wraparound porch with mulberry trees. Our feet would get stained from running around the house. We have cherry trees in our yard now, which taste much sweeter.


Question 14: Who would you buy dinner for?

Sly: My husband. We rarely go out. If we did go out, we’d eat Thai food. It’d be a treat to have a dinner alone with him.


Question 15: Where have you lived?

Sly: I grew up in (rural southeast) South Dakota and lived in Rapid City a couple of years and I went to Black Hills State University a few years in Spearfish. My friends and I went on a road trip one summer and came to this area and that’s how I fell in love with it. I also lived in Vermont for a bit as a camp counselor and we also lived on the Oregon Coast for my husband’s job. We moved here from Moscow, Idaho. We are really happy with this area. It’s amazing to eat out of your garden year-round.


Bonus question 1: What is your favorite part about working in Sequim Library?

Sly: I like working with the staff and it’s great to work with the community. One of the cool things is that you really feel like you’re helping with their space or family or something that matters.


Question 38: If you could thank one person, who would it be and why?

Sly: I can think of several people that I’d like to thank. It’s hard to name just one. I’ve been fortunate to have some great teachers and mentors in my life — my parents, a few incredible teachers in high school and college, and a couple of wonderful employers who have encouraged me to grow. I also have a very supportive husband who I try to thank every day.


In Random Questions, members of the community draw five random questions out of 50 from a bag.  For more information, reach Matthew Nash at


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