Programmer Profiles: Benjamin MacBean

Oct 23, 2019

My name is Benjamin MacBean.   I host “The Mendocino Library Guy,” formerly “The Library Hour,” usually the third Thursday of the month, 7-8 PM.  I’ve been doing this show for just a little over a year now.

As a librarian, I’ve done my share of storytelling and presentations.  I used to do one-man shows for the children in my last librarian job, where I played every character in the show. 

I called my creations, “Good Ol’ Ben Productions,” and enjoyed every moment of it, from the writing of the scripts, to rehearsing and hamming it up, and hearing the children laugh.

I enjoy being the voice of the Mendocino County Library, as I keep the public up to date on our calendar of events.  Not to mention the fun I have with “Joe Library”, the original continuing audio mystery series whose main character is “Joe Library”. I perfrom stories of the series during each show.

I have both a creative and stubborn streak, which is why I do the “Joe Library” mysteries all by myself.   This way I don’t have to compromise on the storyline.  It probably takes me at least 4-5 hours to create and write these mysteries, and then edit them down to fit the necessary time.  The voices are fun to do, even if they stress my throat something fierce.

 

After working for at least 18 years as a Youth Services Librarian, I recently went from public library work to working in the County Museum as a Research Librarian.  Having a fascination for both history and genealogy, it makes a pretty good fit. 

Most of my personal time is devoted to my lovely wife and our three cats.  I do occasionally find time for hobbies, including genealogy, which I’ve been doing for 16 years.

 

We moved to Mendocino County over four years ago, though I fell in love with the northern California coast a long time ago.  I’ve camped and traveled up and down the Mendocino and Humboldt coastline many times.

I proposed to my wife in Mendocino County, married her here, and we even renewed our vows here.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else.