New faces at local libraries
Special to The Union
The Nevada County Library has five circulating branches and one local history branch location.
Our circulating libraries reach from the Truckee Library in eastern county, through the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City and our library in downtown Grass Valley, down to the Penn Valley and Bear River Library Stations.
In all of these locations, you will see library staff as you walk in the door, when you ask for help searching for items, while you attend a children’s program or as you check out your materials at the public service desk on the way out.
We have a total of 30 staff across our five circulating libraries, including our full-time, part -time and extra-help staff.
At the Nevada County Library, we pride ourselves on the quality of customer care, interaction and service that we transact every day.
In the past year, you may have seen some new faces at your local libraries. This is not a coincidence! In the past 18 months, we have hired five new people, moved three staff members to new positions and/or locations, and we still have three recruitments coming up in the next four months. These new people are wonderful additions to the “library family” and we’d like to tell you a bit more about some of them and what they love most about working in (and using) the library.
Kimberlee Farnsworth, children’s librarian
Madelyn Helling Library, Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch
Kim Farnsworth has been the Children’s Librarian for the Madelyn Helling and Grass Valley libraries for just three months now. For most staff, three months of time would be just enough to start learning the lay of the land, understanding the policies and processes of the new system, and maybe to start thinking about what you would like to do in the coming year(s). That was not the way it worked with Kim. As a self-starter and a very enthusiastic and energetic person, Kim has been moving at a fast pace since her very first day!
In the short amount of time she has been with the Nevada County Library system, Kim has edited out older materials from the library’s collection, ordered heaps of new books, worked with the Teen Advisory Group on space allocations in the Young Adult areas as well as potential programs for the future, mastered Preschool storytime and the art of entertaining the below-4 age set, and pulled together the majority of the upcoming Children’s Summer Reading Program and performers. And her ideas and tenacity don’t stop there. (Read more about upcoming children’s and young adult programming in Thursday’s edition of The Union).
Piret Griffith, library assistant
Piret Griffith joined the staff at the Truckee Library in July of 2012 as a Library Assistant. Piret hails from Estonia and with a wide background as an educator and multiple degrees in education; as well as being proficient in seven languages.
She has been of immense assistance to all manner of library patrons in answering their information needs: from helping a child to find the best book on penguins to facilitating ease of access to online resources. Being a local mom, she has insight on materials and programming desired by parents and children, thus helping the Library to provide optimal community services.
Leslie Vera, library technician
Madelyn Helling Library
Leslie Vera has been with the Madelyn Helling Library for almost a full year now. For the savviest of users, you know Leslie as our InterLibrary Loan technician but that is certainly not all that she does. All library staff assume multiple job functions, regular tasks, and assigned duties to keep our branches functioning to the highest level possible.
However, Leslie seems to take that to a whole different level with her ongoing tasks.
In addition to her regularly scheduled hours on the public service desk, Leslie catalogues incoming library materials, she orders and processes all InterLibrary Loan materials, she is the liaison between the County Library and the Friends of the Nevada County Libraries regarding Doris Foley Library for Historical Research (which is currently managed and operated by the Friends of the Libraries), she handles outstanding collections issues for the Madelyn Helling branch, and she maintains the Library’s online catalog registering new and incoming items.
From above, you can tell that the Library has a host of resources available to you, through our wonderful staff.
The next time you visit your local library, be sure to stop and talk for a minute with the person at the front desk; they are always happy to help recommend a book, share information about a program or simply direct you towards the right location.
Lucinda DeLorimier is the Truckee Branch Librarian and Jessica Hudson in the Nevada County Librarian.
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