CAMP VERDE - As library specialist for the Camp Verde Community Library, Gerry Laurito orders library materials, plans and carry out library programs for adults, and assist with circulation operations. One of the programs that Laurito has recently started is the Brown Bag Lunch series. On the first Wednesday of each month, local speakers discuss a wide range of topics, from sprouting to essential oils to Tole painting. The Brown Bag Lunch series is about "people educating people," Library specialist Gerry Laurito recently said. "This is a venue to share and gather information."
Bugle: How long have you been living in the Verde Valley?
Laurito: About 14 years.
Bugle: What brought you to the Verde Valley?
Laurito: The job of Library Director, which I did for 13 years.
Bugle: What is your favorite place in the Verde Valley?
Laurito: It is a toss-up - Fort Verde for the history & time period it represents & Montezuma's Castle for the tranquility
Bugle: What are some of your hobbies?
Laurito: Watching movies and listening to music
Bugle: Do you have a family? Spouse? Kids?
Laurito: My brother and his family live in Las Vegas, Nev., and I have a cousin and his family in Tucson. The rest of my family is back East
Bugle: When you have a long weekend, what do you like to do?
Laurito: Go to a movie, see the sights in Arizona, or kick back listening to music and reading.
Bugle: Do you have any pets?
Laurito: No pets.
Bugle: What music is in your car right now?
Laurito: Classic rock & roll.
Bugle: What is your favorite food?
Bugle: What was your favorite sports team when you were growing up?
Laurito: Green Bay Packers.
Bugle: What is your most embarrassing moment?
Laurito: I'd rather not say.
Bugle: Is there anything else people do not know about you that you would like to share?
Laurito: I enjoy giving back to the community by being a member of the Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde.