Mental Floss’ Suzanne Raga recently dropped by the Library of Congress to chat with Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th (and first female and African-American) Librarian of Congress. Ms. Raga spoke to Dr. Hayden to learn the ins and outs of her job as Librarian-in-Chief, including  9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Librarian of Congress ranging from “her work defending democracy to her love of the library’s spinach smoothies.

Check it out. Some of them may surprise you.

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies.)