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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 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 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.

Rocío Espinoza Brings the Library to Her Community

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Meet Rocío Espinoza!

Meet Rocío!

Q&A With Rocío Espinoza - Hillsboro Public Library Community Liaison Coordinator

Why did you choose to work at the library?

I value diversity, inclusiveness, fairness, and found these values ​​in libraries. Libraries provide spaces where we are all welcome; no matter the age, origin or religious beliefs.  Everyone has access to the services offered, and will be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. The library connects you to the community.

Librarian by day … bass player by night.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Courtney Sheedy playing guitar

Courtney playing guitar

That’s how Courtney Sheedy describes herself. And that gives you a glimpse of the wide variety of skills she brings to her job as e-content librarian for the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

When COVID-19 precautions shut down libraries, online access to Washington County libraries’ resources and services became essential to patrons … so Courtney’s been pretty busy. “People didn’t even get a ‘last call’ to check out materials. I took this overnight transition very seriously,” she says.

Virtual Virtuoso

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Josh Chilcott

Josh Chilcott

Since March 14, life for Josh Chilcott, senior network analyst for the Washington County Cooperative Library Services, has been … interesting.

Prior to the state-mandated COVID-19 shutdown, only a few of Josh’s WCCLS colleagues were regularly teleworking. By March 23 the entire staff was working remotely. Successfully executing that massive transition, on top of working to complete an already-in-progress switch to a new  Microsoft  platform and getting two brand-new employee connected from afar -- is akin to pulling a white rabbit out of a hat.

Deidra Menser to Library Patrons: “We’ll be in Your Corner”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Agates in Diedra's hand

Deidra Menser’s mother was right.

Menser was an avid reader growing up, which led her law librarian mom to conclude that she would love working in libraries. Deidra told her mother there was no way that was happening.

She’s now completing a master’s in Library Science and works as a library assistant at Tigard Public Library.

“Everywhere I’ve lived I’ve worked in libraries,” Deidra says. And that list is long. Menser, originally from San Diego, has covered Oregon from Ashland to Florence to Eugene and now Tigard.

I’m Giving Back …. It’s a Great Place to Be

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Araceli hiking in Kauai

Araceli Acosta is the library story time lady we all wish we’d had as kids.

Acosta, a youth services outreach specialist at the Beaverton City Library, can be found on the library’s YouTube channel, entertaining Spanish-speaking children with her animated singing, and readings of favorites like “La oruga muy impaciente” and “Un elefante se columpiaba.”

The secret to her infectious videos? “I pick books that make me laugh and that I enjoy reading. The first thing kiddos will notice is whether or not you really like the book you’re reading to them.”

Susan Cackler Works With Kids … All Kinds

Monday, June 1, 2020

Susan Cackler and one of her kids

As you might expect from someone who works in a library, Susan Cackler says she “reads more than your average human.” What you might not expect is that she also reads to her goats.

Susan is library supervisor and programs coordinator for Banks Public Library. You could say that her love of livestock led to her current position. She grew up on an Oregon sheep farm (although she says she “doesn’t like sheep”), and now raises dairy goats on her own farm in Buxton.