Dessert - Mizuna

May/June 2014
Crystal Lake Public Library Welcomes Jennifer Drinka
New Head of Youth Services
Visit the Storytime Room at the Antioch
Public Library and you will immediately
notice a lifesize picture of a
mermaid painted by Jennifer
Drinka. Jennifer drew the
mermaid more than 15 years
ago when she was a page at her
hometown library.
Jennifer Drinka, CLPL’s new Head of Youth
Services, stays strongly connected to a
“child’s point of view.” Jennifer is pictured
above with her Beatrix Potter Barbie and
a Peter Rabbit book.
Inside:
Director’s Desktop. . . . . . . 2
Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Teens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Adult Services. . . . . . . 4 & 5
Kids’ Pages. . . . . . . . . 6 & 7
Jennifer’s connection to
libraries runs deep. The
youngest of nine children,
when she was growing up,
Jennifer’s family used the
library to stretch the family
budget. “My mother always
read to us,” says Jennifer, who
remembers going to the library
as a girl, borrowing numerous
books, then laying them out
on the kitchen table to decide
which order she would read
them in. “I had the distinction
of consistently coming in
second place for the number of books
read during the Summer Reading
Program,” she laughs. Since working
in the Antioch Public Library during
high school, Jennifer has worked in five
libraries prior to coming to CLPL as the
new Head of Youth Services.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree
in Fiction Writing at Columbia College
Chicago Jennifer earned her Masters
in Library and Information Science
at Dominican University in Illinois.
Her first professional position after
graduation was a Youth Librarian at Fox
River Grove Memorial Library where
Jennifer knew that she had found her
niche in life. “I love ‘youth stuff,’” says
Jennifer. “I love storytelling, crafts, and
stimulating young imaginations.”
Jennifer’s love for children and respect for
their developmental stages is apparent.
She has a box of toys, in her office
that she unpacks daily, including her
Beatrix Potter Barbie and Le Petit Prince
doll. She also has a six foot tall board
game collection in her home. “I think it’s
important to stay in touch with the things
of my youth. It gives me the ability to see
things from the kids’ point of view.”
Jennifer is energized by what she refers
to as the “power of the public library.”
Several years ago Jennifer worked
with some middle schoolers on a
public library outreach, where she
encountered several students with
remarkable promise. She later met the
students’ teacher who was shocked at
the high caliber of work the students
were doing with Jennifer. The teacher
reported that she and her colleagues had
never seen such academic talent in these
students. Jennifer was grateful not only
for the strides the students had made, but
also for the insight. “Each student who
walks into the library is fresh to us,” says
Jennifer. “We are not aware of their past
academic struggles and can meet them
where they are.”
In addition to her position at Fox River
Grove, Jennifer worked at Ela Area Public
Library in Lake Zurich as Assistant Head
of Popular Materials/Teen Librarian, at
the Barrington Public Library as the Youth
Program Coordinator, and at WarrenNewport Public Library as the Head of
Youth Services. Jennifer lives in Cary with
her husband, Joe, who is also a librarian.
She says she is excited to be in Crystal
Lake because, “I’ve never seen a Library
so involved with the community.” She
also reports that prior to coming to Crystal
Lake, she had heard from multiple sources
about the wonderful reputation of the
Youth Services staff. “There’s a PhD, and
multiple staff with master’s degrees in the
department. They are talented, educated
and so delightful!”
Director’s Desktop
Your Community Place for Lifelong Learning
The Crystal Lake Public Library is “Your Community Place for Lifelong Learning” and our
Mission is helping people, of all ages and background, learn, enjoy, and better their lives.
What does this mean to you? Let’s think of an example, a classic title Pride and Prejudice,
by Jane Austen. CLPL could provide it to you in as many as nine different formats: book;
large print book for adults; large print book for youth; book on CD; Playaway (preloaded MP3
player); DVD movie of the book; graphic novel format (comic book style with pictures and
dialog); e-Book; or e-Audio Book.
In addition, if you are studying Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, the Library offers
Pride and Prejudice Cliff notes, twentieth century interpretations of Pride and Prejudice, or
Jane Austen for Dummies.
If you are looking for something entirely different, there are a variety of take offs of Pride
and Prejudice such as The Second Mrs. Darcy; Pride & Prescience, M/M Darcy Mystery; Jane
Austen in Boca; Bride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy, Vampire; or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The public library provides service to all people, regardless of age, race, or economic status.
We strive to provide whatever a person may need, in whatever format works best for each
individual. I invite each of you to stop by and see what your Library of today has to offer you.
Kathryn I. Martens
Support the Friends
Board of Library Trustees
Terri Reece, President
815.790.4698 • [email protected]
William Weller, Vice President
815.455.2193 • [email protected]
Carol A. Heisler, Treasurer
815.455.1473 • [email protected]
Charles K. Ebann, Secretary
815.459.3375 • [email protected]
Vanessa Baker
815.451.5230 • [email protected]
Ron Eberle
815.356.0531 • [email protected]
John Engebretson
815.459.3099 • [email protected]
Mary Alice Fellers
815.356.5933 • [email protected]
Don Peters
815.459.6971 • [email protected]
Kathryn I. Martens, Library Director
815.526.5102 • [email protected]
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Used Book Sale
Thanks to all who came to the Friends Used Book Sale and bought books, CDs and DVDs.
While our biggest fundraiser is the annual used book sale, we also offer several
opportunities to support the Friends during the year.
Market Days
The Friends will hold Market Days this summer. Mark your calendars for June 21, July 19
and August 16, 2014. Forms will be available in the Library or you may place an order at
www.marketday.com and enter account # 19790.
Next Meeting
The next Friends meeting is May 19, 7:00 pm at Panera Bread, Crystal Lake. If you have questions,
please e-mail us at [email protected]
All programs are held in the Ames II Meeting
Room unless otherwise noted.
Paws to READ!
Teens - this summer make sure to Paws to
READ! Early sign up for this year’s Summer
Reading Program begins Tuesday, May 27
and the program runs through August 2.
Read what you want and then come in to
log your minutes, Spin-to-Win on the big
spinning prize wheel, and earn chances for
great prizes.
May the 4th Be With You
Sunday, May 4
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Star Wars fans, come and meet the
members of the Midwest Garrison of the
501st Legion. Members wear detailed
costume replicas of classic Star Wars
characters. It’s a great photo opportunity be sure to bring your camera.
Teen Anime Club
VIVs Wanted - Ages 12+
VIVs, Very Important Volunteers, are wanted
to help with the Youth, Teen and Adult
Summer Reading Program – Paws to READ!
Volunteers must be at least 12 years old
and be able to fill a three-hour time slot
each week, for at least six of the program’s
eight weeks. The program runs from June
9 - August 2. Applications are available at
both the Adult Services Desk and the Youth
Services Desk. Completed applications are
due by Saturday, May 17. Time slots will be
filled in the order the applications
are received.
Thursdays, May 22 and
June 26
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Teen anime fans - get together with friends
to view some anime. Share your opinions
and enjoy some snacks.
Tuesday Teen Craft - Tie-Dye
Tuesday, June 24
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Teens, unleash your inner Picasso. Bring
a prewashed white cotton item (or two)
for tie-dying. We will supply the rest.
Activity will be held outdoors, weather
permitting. Registration required.
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Adult Services
For more information about our Adult Services programs, please visit our website at www.clpl.org and click on the Calendar or Programs. All
programs are held in the Ames II Meeting Room unless otherwise noted.
Book Discussions
Share your views in a friendly setting.
Books are available at the Circulation
Desk. New members are welcome.
Bookies
(fiction book discussions) 9:30 am
May 13 (R) - View this 2013 Best Picture
Oscar Winner based on a slave narrative
written by Solomon Northup.
So Big
by Edna Ferber
Wednesday, May 21
June 10 (PG-13) - Robert Redford
portrays a lone sailor whose resourcefulness
is stretched to the limit as he struggles to
survive at sea.
Before I Go to Sleep
by S.J. Watson
Wednesday, June 18
Real World Reads
(nonfiction book discussions) 7:30 pm
Lost in Shangri-La
by Mitchell Zuckoff
Tuesday, May 20
Movies
Due to movie studio
guidelines, CLPL will no longer
publish movie titles in the
Beacon. Below are movie descriptions
which we hope will give you a clue for each
of the featured films. Please call the Adult
Services Department at 815.459.1687, x7,
for movie titles.
Monday Chick Flicks
2:00 pm
May 5 (PG) - Enjoy this 1995 British-American film directed by Ang Lee and based on a
popular 1811 Jane Austen novel.
May 19 (PG-13) - Richard Dreyfuss and
Marsha Mason star in this 1977 romanticcomedy based on a Neil Simon play.
June 9 (Not Rated) - According to the
American Film Institute, this classic 1957
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr film is considered one of the most romantic of all time.
June 30 (PG-13) - You’ll feel like a “Dancing
Queen” when you watch this 2008 ABBA
musical starring Meryl Streep.
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Wednesday Matinee
12:00 pm - BYO Lunch
May 28 (PG-13) - We were at zero gravity in
March when the Library had to turn away
numerous patrons to watch this recent
release starring George Clooney and Sandra
Bullock.
June 25 (PG-13) - Walt Disney meets Mary
Poppins in this Academy Award-nominated
recent release.
The Tender Bar
by J.R. Moehringer
Tuesday, June 17
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Tuesdays with Movies
6:00 pm - BYO Dinner
May/June 2014
Film Lovers Group
Screening and discussion
6:00 pm - BYO Dinner
Thursday, May 15 - (Not Rated)
Gable and Colbert star in this 1934
romantic comedy film directed by
Frank Capra.
Thursday, June 19 - (Not Rated)
Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair star in this
Academy Award Winning 1955 American
romantic drama.
New Magazines
Cloth Paper Scissors
Craft Ideas
Gluten-Free Living
Kiwi, Growing Families the Natural and
Organic Way
Soap Opera Digest
Thank You to Our Generous Donors
Dennis Depcik
Paws to Read
Summer Reading Program
June 9 - August 2
(Early Registration begins May 27)
Readers of all ages will want to “Paws”
and join our Summer Reading Program,
“Paws to Read,” from June 9 – August
2. Read and earn chances to win terrific
prizes. This is a “purr”-fect way to spend
your summer. Registration required.
May the 4th Be With You
Sunday, May 4
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Star Wars fans, come and meet the members of the Midwest Garrison of the 501st
Legion. Members wear detailed costume
replicas of classic Star Wars characters. It’s
a great photo opportunity - be sure to bring
your camera.
“Piping In” the Summer:
Myths and Facts about the Great
Highland Pipes
Wednesday, June 4
7:00 pm
Learn more about bagpipes. Presenter
J. Kevin Chapman discusses the history of
the pipes and tells the story behind one
of the oldest instruments still played in
the world. Also includes a piping demonstration and display.
Keep Your Paws Off My Garden!
Monday, June 23
7:00 pm
Tired of planting your garden only to lose
it to a hungry critter? The Master
Gardeners from the University of Illinois
Extension program will share tips and
ideas on how to keep your plants out of
paws reach.
Job Club
Thursdays, May 15 and June 19
1:00 pm
Join other job hunters for information and
networking in a supportive environment.
Upcoming topics include:
May 15 - Learn what’s going on in the world of job hunting with Jeni Neuman, Stateline SHRM
(Society for Human Resource Management) member.
June 19 - Find out about volunteer
opportunities available in
McHenry County, and join us
for some informal networking.
Speaker is Rebecca
Stiemke, Executive Director of
Volunteer Center
McHenry County.
Small Business Week
Beginning Excel® 2007
Monday, May 5
9:30 - 11:30 am or
Monday, June 16
7:00 - 8:45 pm
Learn the basics of working with the
Microsoft Excel® 2007 spreadsheet
program during this class for beginners.
Internet Skills Workshop
Friday, May 9
9:30 - 11:00 am
Hands-on supported exploration of
popular Internet sites.
Master Internet Marketing
iPad Basics
Monday, June 16
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Are you a little hesitant when using your
iPad? Bring your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini
and learn about the parts of the iPad, tips
and tricks for using the touchscreen and
keyboard, common settings, WiFi; and
security. Get hands-on practice and discover
how to download apps.
Registration required.
Tuesday, May 6
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Learn how to move your company
website to the top of Google, Yahoo and
Bing search engine results, and how to
put Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to
work for your business. This workshop
will teach current and future business
owners, entrepreneurs and professionals
how to stand out, and how to stay on top
of the latest online marketing techniques.
Registration required.
Android Tablet Basics
Monday, June 23
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Are you a little hesitant when using your
Android Tablet? Bring your Google Nexus,
Samsung Galaxy, Sony Tablet, Kindle Fire/
FireHD, Nook HD/HD+ or Kobo Arc and learn
the basics, including the parts of the tablet,
tips and tricks for using the touchscreen and
keyboard, common settings, WiFi, and security. Also discover how to download apps
and get hands-on practice.
Registration required.
The computer classes listed below are
held in the Computer Lab. Mouse skills
and registration are required.
Small Business Resources at
McHenry County College (MCC)
Intro to Google Docs and Google Drive
Friday, May 16
1:30 - 3:00 pm
This introductory class will cover how to
access Google Docs and Google Drive, the
difference between the two, how to use
Google Docs, and how to organize your
Google Drive.
Learn to Code Basics
Friday, June 20
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Learn to Code Basics will introduce basic
computer programming vocabulary and
problem solving skills by doing the Code.org
“Hour of Code.” Participants will also learn
about Codecademy.
Beginning Word® 2007
Tuesday, June 24
7:00 - 8:30 pm
This beginning class will introduce basic
features of Microsoft Word® 2007.
Excel® 2007 - Next Steps
Friday, June 27
9:30 - 11:00 am
A continuation of the skills learned in
Beginning Excel® 2007.
Thursday, May 8
7:00 - 8:15 pm
The Illinois Small Business Development
Center (ISBDC) at MCC has a variety of
valuable resources available for small
business owners. Find out how the ISBDC
can help your small business improve and
grow. Registration required.
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Registration information is at the bottom of each program description. If there is no
registration indicated in the program description, no registration is necessary. To register
for a Youth Program, please visit our website at www.clpl.org and click on the Calendar or
Programs, call the Library at 815.459.1687, x6, or register at the Youth Services Desk.
Storytimes
Monday - Thursday, June 9 - July 3
Storytimes are a wonderful opportunity for children to interact with others, adjust to
being separated from a parent or caregiver, and learn what it is like to be in a classroom
environment. Children also have fun learning early literacy skills while singing songs and
listening to stories. Registration required.
Age
Room
2
Birth to 17 months*
18-35 months*
1
18-35 months*
2
Birth to 3*
1
2
Birth to 3*
Birth to 3*
2
Birth to 3*
2
1
3 & 4 year olds
3 & 4 year olds
1
1
3 & 4 year olds 4 and up
2
4 and up
1
6 and up (includes craft) 1
Birth - 5*
1 & 2
Family* (Drop-in)
1 & 2
1 & 2
Birth - 5*
Day
Time
Monday
Monday
Tuesday
Monday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Tuesday
Wednesday Wednesday
Monday
Thursday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
9:30 am
9:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
9:30 am
9:30 am
9:30 am
10:30 am
10:30 am
9:30 am
1:30 pm
10:30 am
7:00 pm
10:30 am
*A parent or adult caregiver must accompany children to the Storytimes marked
with an asterisk.
Drop-in Crafts — Grades K-3
Monday, May 5 & 19 and Monday, June 2
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Monday, June 16
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Storytime Room
Making a craft builds self-confidence in children, further develops their imagination and
helps with problem solving abilities. Although each child’s patterns and pieces may be the
same at the start of a project, children create their own unique, finished project in the end.
Children decide how a project should look, they decide the best way to put it together, and
they receive the satisfaction of seeing it through to completion. Children in grades K-3 are
welcome to stop by on the dates listed. (Please note the time change beginning when school
is out for the summer).
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May the 4th Be With You
Sunday, May 4
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Youth Department
The Midwest Garrison of the 501st Legion,
an all-volunteer organization formed to
promote Star Wars, is making a stop at
our Library. The volunteers wear detailed
costume replicas of classic Star Wars
characters. Bring your camera and come
celebrate Star Wars at the Library.
Screen-Free Week
May 5-11
Youth Department
Celebrate Screen-Free Week with the
Library. Are you looking for things to do
that don’t involve screens? Stop by the
Youth Department. We will have a display
of our favorite books you might like to
read, along with books describing things
to do when you don’t have a screen
to use.
Hands-on Science Grades 3-5
Thursdays, May 8 and June 12
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Storytime Room
Learn about the wonders and excitement
of science when you attend these
hands-on science programs.
May 8 - Build a table from newspaper
June 12 - Mobius strips and paper
helicopters
Registration required.
Drop-in LEGO® Mondays
Monday, May 12 and June 9
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Monday, June 23 and 30
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Storytime Room
Does a LEGOsaurus have paws?
Could you build such a creature?
How about a LEGOrilla? Come create
animals (with or without paws) during
LEGO® Mondays. Why not use your
imagination to design an animal that
may not even exist?
Read to the Dog
Saturday, June 14 and July 12
10:00 - 11:30 am
Storytime Room
The Pet Partners volunteers and their
dogs are here to listen to you read.
(Remember to record the 15 minutes
that you read on your Summer Reading
Program Log). Come to the Youth
Services Desk to reserve your spot.
Registration required.
Paws to Read
Summer Reading Program
June 9 - August 2
(Early Registration begins May 27)
Readers of all ages will want to “Paws”
and join our Summer Reading Program,
“Paws to Read,” from June 9 – August
2. Read and earn chances to win terrific
prizes. This is a “purr”-fect way to spend
your summer. Registration required.
Preschool Crafts
Ages 6 & under
Friday, May 16 and June 20
9:30 - 11:00 am
Storytime Room
Preschool Crafts is not only play time,
it is learning time too. Small children
are constantly watching what is going
on around them, which helps them
understand their world. In addition,
Preschool Crafts is a special time for
them to work together with a loved one.
Scooby Doo and Daddies, too!
Ages 4 and up
Saturday, June 14
1:00 pm
Ames Meeting Room
Bring your Dad for this Scooby bit of
fun. We will have games, songs and a
craft-making activity. Children ages 4
and up may register with their CLPL card.
Registration required.
Make Animals Out of Scrap
June 18
Wednesday, June 18
2:00 pm
Youth Department
Make an animal out of boxes, balloons,
Easter eggs and more. Use your creativity
to turn trash into treasure. Please wear
appropriate clothing because you may
get messy.
Critter Camp
Friday, June 13
1:30 - 2:30 pm
or 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Ames Meeting Room II
Critter Camp is bringing pets with many
paws to the Library! Critter Camp is a
charitable organization that rescues
abused and abandoned exotic and
unusual pets. It is supported by people
who care about animals. Please come to
one of the programs to see the animals
and bring them a gift. Some things the
critters can use are canned pet food, bird
food, paper towels, “Cinch” kitchen trash
bags, or a gift card to Blain’s Farm and
Fleet, Office Max, Home Depot or Staples.
Space is limited. Registration required
for all attendees (including adults).
Octopi Robotics Team
Wednesday, July 9
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Ames Meeting Room II
The Octopi Robotics Team is a group of
Crystal Lake South High School students
whose sponsors include Motorola
Solutions, Inc. and AptarGroup, Inc. They
are the first and only robotics team in
McHenry County to be part of FIRST (For
Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology) Tech Challenge. The
team designed, built and programmed
a robot to perform specific tasks. In
their first year, they were Illinois State
competition champions. Also exhibiting
at the Library is the FIRST LEGO League
team, Fruit Salad. This team is for younger
members. The teams will repeat their
demonstrations every half-hour, from
1:30 – 5:00 pm.
McHenry County
Conservation District
Thursday, June 26
2:00 pm
Ames Meeting Room II
The McHenry County Conservation District is
coming to talk to us about the many animal
paws found in McHenry County. Who has
paws? How do they use them? What do
paws look like? Stop by to learn about the
animals in McHenry County.
Space is limited. Registration required
for all attendees (including adults).
Friday Movies
Friday, June 20 and 27
1:30 pm
Ames Meeting Room
The Library will be showing movies in the
Ames Meeting Room during the summer.
Come join us to watch a recent release or
an older classic.
Due to movie studio guidelines, CLPL will no
longer publish movie titles in the
Beacon. Below are movie descriptions
which we hope will give you a clue for each
of the featured films. Please call the Youth
Department at 815.459.1687, x6, for
movie titles.
June 20 (G) - After the Pixie Hollow’s
blue pixie dust is taken from the fairies,
they head to the pirate-filled Skull Rock
to reclaim their special dust. Join us to
view this 2014 Walt Disney adventure film
about everyone’s favorite fairy.
Space is limited. Registration required
for all attendees (including adults).
June 27 - (G) - A young pig fights
convention to become a sheep dog - or,
rather, sheep pig - in this charming 1995
Academy Award nominated Australian film.
Space is limited. Registration required
for all attendees (including adults).
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Mission Statement
Crystal Lake Public Library:
Helping people, of all ages and
backgrounds, learn, enjoy and
better their lives.
The Library Board of Trustees will meet:
May 21 and June 18 at 7:00 pm in the Ames II
Meeting Room of the Library.
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Sun
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Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26.
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Penny Ramirez
Head of Technical Services
While working toward her undergraduate degree at the University
of Chicago after her high school graduation in 1981, Penny Ramirez
dreamed of going on for a Masters in Library Science (MLS). At that
time, the graduate students in the library program talked her out of
it, citing that the degree was expensive, salaries in the profession
were low, and graduates had a hard time finding full-time
positions. After completing college and working for 16 years as an
Administrative Assistant, Penny finally decided to follow her dream
and entered the MLS program at Dominican University in 2000.
Today she is the Head of the Crystal Lake Public Library’s Technical
and Automation Services Department.
Penny’s affinity for libraries dates back to her youth. She recalls
being so comfortable with the librarians in her public library that
when asked to do a career interview in high school, she selected
a librarian to speak with. She also gained firsthand knowledge
of library technical services while working in the Cataloging
Department of the Regenstein Library as an undergraduate student.
As she grew into adulthood, Penny discovered that she had
two additional vocational interests: computers and business
organization. “I developed my love of computers in 1982 while in
college,” Penny says. “Back then, there was only one computer
in the dorm and we would stay up until 2:00 am to play Adventure, a text-based MS-DOS
game.” Having worked for nearly 20 years as an Administrative Assistant, Penny also has a
penchant for business organization. “When I was younger and working as an Administrative
Assistant, I found that I liked the challenge of ‘fixing’ everything in an office. I still love that
feeling.”
After graduating from Dominican, Penny
took a position at River Forest Public Library
as a Reference Librarian. She then worked
at the Melrose Park Public Library. She was
hired by the Crystal Lake Public Library in
2004 as a full time Reference Librarian in the
nonfiction area, then became Assistant Head
of Adult Services in 2008. While in Adult
Services Penny was always at the forefront
of technology, leading the way in helping
patrons learn how to download eBooks
and eAudiobooks on a variety of devices.
She also served on the Library’s Website
Committee and was the envy of
her team as she took Committee notes on
her little red netbook. Penny was hired
as the Head of Technical Services position
in 2013 when her predecessor Mary Van
Sickle retired.
The consummate “fixer,” Penny has been
enjoying the challenge of trying to provide
better access in a facility that was built
“before WiFi was even dreamed of.” She is
also committed to getting patrons what they
want, when they want it and staying at the
forefront of emerging technologies.
Penny’s new position combines her love of
libraries, a love of technology, and eagerness
to “fix stuff,” and today she’s glad she
followed her dream to become a Librarian.
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