Well, it has already been almost two months that I have been the new Library Director in Genoa City, and I am just now getting around to introducing myself to the public! I assure you, I have been working diligently getting to know the existing library team, familiarizing myself with the library and Village, and tackling some fairly large projects right off the bat.
So, a little about me…I fell backwards into the library profession back in 2010. I was working a dead-end job and was absolutely miserable. My mother-in-law saw an ad in the local paper for the Library Director position at the Mondovi Public Library in Mondovi, WI. It’s a tiny little town near Eau Claire, WI and it is where I grew up and attended school. I read the ad and thought to myself “I could do that.” Fast forward and I ended up getting hired for the position. It took me about three months to know with certainty that I had found my calling and that I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I have an Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa (Hawkeyes, NOT Cyclones!) I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, which I completed through the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020. I interviewed for several positions once libraries started hiring again in the Covid-19 age. I firmly believe that I made the right decision in coming to Genoa City. There will be a lot of changes happening over the next year. My goal is to make the library much more visible in the community. Ultimately, there should be no one in Walworth County that can say “I didn’t even know we still had a library!” There is so much more to the modern public library than “Just Books.” I have inherited a fabulous team and we are ready to show you just what libraries do these days.
A little more about me…I have a nine-year-old daughter who is a little spitfire-tree-hugger-animal-lover-artist-scientist. The one thing that stinks is that I am quite a bit further away from her than I want. However, I am going to make it work. My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I particularly like The Sirens of Titan and a collection of his short stories called Welcome to the Monkey House. My favorite book for many, many years has been “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture” by Douglas Coupland, however, I think that my favorite book now is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That book made an instant impact on me. I probably have ten different lists of my “Top Ten Books of All-Time.” Much like the United States Constitution, it is a “fluid” document, able to be amended at my whims. I am not your stereotypical librarian by any means. When the weather warms up you might find me riding to work on my Harley-Davidson Dyna-Wide Glide. You will also find me fishing most days that I don’t have my daughter. I laugh easily and often, because as my mother says, “the way the world works today, if we couldn’t laugh we’d probably cry.”
I look forward to serving Genoa City and the surrounding area. The town seems very supportive of their library, which says a lot about the people who live here. I believe that you can get a good reading (pun intended) on the type of town a particular place is by looking at their library. The best places understand the importance of the library in their community. I hope to meet everyone face-to-face within the next year. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 vaccine is still a ways away for a lot of us. But feel free to send me a message or give a phone call. I am furiously working to update the library website to make it more responsive to current happenings. There will be new pages and hopefully more interactivity between the library and the community. I hope to bring innovation and forward-thinking to the GCPL and to make the library the community center for literacy, learning, and leisure! Please take some time to introduce yourself or stop into the library when it is safe to do so!