Ava O’Deary is the latest in a long line of O’Dearys to own the library.
Ms. O’Deary grew up in Toronto, the second of four sisters born to the late Aiden and Liza O’Deary. Ava’s three sisters — Asa O’Shyte, Ada O’Henry and Anna O’Fyne — are all deceased.
As a young woman Ava attended Brown University where she met the renown professor of Pyschoceramics, Josiah S.Carberry. The two quickly bonded over their love of books. Ava and Carberry formed a lifelong friendship. When she became sole owner of the O’Deary Library, she appointed him Chair of the O’Deary Library Board. He served actively from 1992 until 2004, when Carberry became Chair emeritus, a position he holds to this day.
Following graduation from Brown, Ava travelled the world, visiting the settings of many her favourite novels. But she soon realized that she was spending more time reading than looking out the windows of trains or touring museums.
Ava has never married nor does she have children, but she maintains many close and wonderful friendships with the patrons of her library and book lovers around the world.
Besides reading, Ava has several passions. She adores puzzles, solving them and making them. You can try your hand at solving some of her perplexing puzzles on her website, O’Deary Puzzles. Ava also loves words and word play, including alliteration and rhyme.
And then there are the books she loves… in hard cover and paperback, audiobook or digital version. Some of the titles she recommends highly include:
- The Tree that Sat Down and The Stream that Stood Still by Beverly Nichols
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
- and her all time favourite, The Princess Bride by William Goldman.