Kristen initially started in Tech Services getting books ready to add to our collection. Three years ago, she moved to the youth library as the Youth Services Assistant and this year was given the title of Youth Services Librarian which is well deserved. She is a great storyteller, providing story times to children in the library and at local preschools. She is an artist, designing and creating the beautiful bulletin boards you see in the youth library. She organizes volunteer opportunities for teens and leads the Teen Advisory Board. Last, and certainly not least, she plays a major part in planning and organizing the Summer Reading Program. And this is just a short list of what she does! We are lucky to have such a kind, creative, and dedicated person in the youth library and we are thankful for all that she does! Happy 5 years, Kristen!
How long have you worked at the library?
In what part of the library do you work and what do you do?
I work in the Youth Department and help put together many of the programs and events that we offer at the library for children and teens. Find me in the bubbles at a Story Time or stapling things to bulletin boards!
What has changed the most since you started working here?
My job was much different. I worked a little bit at the Adult Circulation desk and spent most of my time in Technical Services, getting new books and other items ready to be checked out. Now I’m in the Youth Library, which is a whole other world. There have also been some cool tech additions to our services and collections, including telescopes, hot spots, the 3D printer, robots, and new STEM programs offered regularly.
What services offered at the library do you wish more people knew about?
More people than expected don’t know that we share items with around 500 (and counting) other libraries in the Illinois Heartland Library System. If we don’t have a particular item available at our library, we can order it through the system and have it delivered for pick-up here in Edwardsville. You can also return most items to other libraries in the system, and they will be shipped back to us (and vice versa)!
What has kept you working at the library?
Seeing the glimmer of excitement in people when they are pleased by something they found or learned. Maybe it’s a story from childhood they have been searching for, a brand new item they are eager to try, or a skill gained in a program. Those moments make me happy to work here.
If you could have coffee with any author, who would you choose?
What is your favorite book that you’ve read in the past year?
I went on a Shirley Jackson rampage last fall after binging “The Haunting of Hill House” on Netflix and enjoyed We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
What is the first book you remember reading?
It was most likely an Arthur book.
About the Author
Katherine is the Social Media Coordinator and has been working at EPL since 2008. She loves books, especially ones with unique plots and those written so well that she can't put them down.