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Pam Treece: Public Servant, Library Devotee, Driver of Change

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Commissioner Pam Treece

Commissioner Pam Treece

Pam Treece and Councilor Harrington

You don’t need more than two minutes of conversation with Pam Treece to see who she is: passionate, engaged, activist, community-minded, civic booster, advocate, reader, grandmother.

Treece, Commissioner for district two in Washington County, and executive director of the Westside Economic Alliance, recently volunteered for Storytime at West Slope Community Library. No surprise – given her former career as a teacher – she was a hit.

“It was great,” Treece says. “The kids were wonderful and I got kudos from the librarians for being a good storyteller.”

Jovanna Sardineta Brings “All Her Passions” to Her Work

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Organizing and preparing children’s books

Organizing and preparing children’s books

Jovanna enjoying her visit to Teotihuacan, Mexico

Q&A with Jovanna Sardineta – WCCLS youth services library assistant

Why did you choose to work in the library?

My career began in teaching, although I was studying social work. While studying at Pacific University in Forest Grove, I taught computer classes to cleaning staff.

More Than a Numbers Game: Jessica Gagnon’s Data Wizardry Benefits HPL Patrons

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Annabelle as duchess

Annabelle as duchess

Elegant Meeshtar

Serenade Sammy

A Ph.D. in computational chemistry might sound like the most unlikely possible background for a project specialist at Hillsboro Public Library. And yet, it turns out to be perfect for Jessica Gagnon’s job managing the data and analytics that allow the library to make solid decisions on how to use its resources most effectively.

Maria Aguilar: “Libraries offer so much more than books.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Maria Aguilar

Maria Aguilar

Maria is a youth services and outreach librarian for the Cornelius Public Library. She answered the following questions about herself as part of our Library People series of profiles.

Kristen Thorp Embraces Adventure … of All Kinds

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Kristen at Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy

Kristen at Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy

Face coverings made and donated by Kristen

Kristen on the Amalfi coast

A Pac-Man blanket in the works

Kristen Thorp obviously could have never foreseen COVID-19 and how it would require a lightning-speed transition to online services to maintain patrons’ access. But only four months into a new leadership role, she took it in stride.

“If I have to go through a pandemic-size upheaval at work, I want it to be with my library colleagues and for my library patrons,” she says.

Thorp, supervisor of West Slope Community Library, always loved libraries but never expected to find herself working in one.

Living and Sharing a Love of Science and Discovery

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Fossil collection

Fossil collection

Deepa in Hillsboro Public Library's Maker Lab


Sapsucker parents

Yellow breasted chat

Rocks that Deepa has collected and polished

To Deepa Chandra, working at a library is a science … and that’s a good news for her young patrons and their families.

Chandra, library assistant for Hillsboro Public Library, brings her degrees in physics and chemistry and her background as a programmer to the library’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education series.

Tag-Teaming in Tigard

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Connor at an orchard near Hood River, Oregon

Connor at an orchard near Hood River, Oregon

Connor and Nyx

Connor near the Fall River campground in Bend, OR

At the OMSI exhibit "Exquisite Creatures" in fall 2019

Connor Meldrum claims that he and his wife Cally don’t insist on being hired as a two-employee package deal when they apply for jobs, although their gig at Tigard Public Library is the third time they’ve worked in the same place together.

Two Meldrums is a lucky deal for Tigard patrons.

“It’s hard to pick what I like best about being a library assistant,” he says. “I enjoy helping people get what they need at the front desk but I’m also an introvert, so it’s nice to be able to work in the back sometimes.”

Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro: “I do the best that I can in everything that I do.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro

Angelica Novoa de Cordeiro

Angelica is an adult services librarian for the Cornelius Public Library. She wrote this essay about herself for our Library People series of profiles.

Cats, Jell-O, Motorcycles … and Sleuthing:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Cassie on her motorcycle

Cassie on her motorcycle

Cassie and Brad

The Franks' cat family

A Jell-o creation by Cassie

Cassie Franks is “creativity and efficiency all rolled into one”

If you need a detective to dredge up reports from NASA from the 1960s, someone to go motorcycling with, or a buddy who can teach you how to build a Tiki patio structure, we’ve got a recommendation for you … and it’s one person.

To say that Cassie Franks has wide-ranging interests is an understatement, as you’ll discover in even a short conversation with her.

Making the Most of (Even Microscopic) Change

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones

Like all of us, the last few months have brought dramatic changes to Nathan Jones’ life. What sets him apart is his history of embracing change, and using it to grow – personally and professionally.

Nathan’s job as youth services librarian for Forest Grove City Library puts him in charge of planning and implementing all activities for families with kids up to age 12. He loves the variety his (pre-COVID) position offered, which included working with schools, planning activities in the library and ordering children’s books.