Valerie J. Gross

Valerie J. Gross, Howard County Library System CEO and president (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun photo / July 2, 2013)

What's the hardest lesson you've learned so far?
"That failure can be the best lesson of all."

What's a fact about you that will surprise people?
"I'm trained as an opera singer."

What do you do to relax?
"Yoga."

Your (other) dream job would be ...
"Philanthropist."

What's on your playlist?
"Fun., Coldplay, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Andrea Bocelli, Broadway, Vivaldi."

What is your favorite book?
"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," by Alexander McCall Smith

What's your favorite vacation destination?
Asian countries