Meet the staff

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Heather Johnson,  Library Director

 I received my graduate degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from The University at Buffalo.  I have worked in libraries for 13 years.  I am passionate about library services, programming, and equity of access. My favorite genre to read are memoirs. I am especially drawn to stories of people who have overcome difficult life circumstances and who in turn find ways to make the world better for themselves and others.  I enjoy spending time with my family, the arts, and world travel.

 

April Epps,  Children’s Librarian 

 I love reading, learning and watching children’s eyes light up as they learn new things. My favorite genre to read is romance, but I will read anything that captures my attention. With our vast resources and programs available to our community free of charge, I look forward to meeting new patrons and helping everyone’s knowledge grow.

 

Vina Byrne, Clerk

I have been living in Walton for 25 years.  I moved here from Long island where I worked in a library there for eight years.  One of the things that I like best when I’m home is being around y six animals.  I love to read and to scrapbook family events because I feel that is a good way to preserve my family history.  My favorite book is “An American Tragedy,” by Theodore Dreiser.  I’ve been working at the Ogden Library for almost 25 years!  I enjoy my job here at the library.  It’s always nice to see people come in and enjoy all that our beautiful library has to offer.

 

Sheryl EdwardsBusiness Manager 

In  1991 I was asked if I would help out Anne Turner with accounting at the library so that she could  spend more time on library programs and planning.  I already had a full time job at The Reporter Company, but found a few hours a week to work for the library. I like to read a good mystery, biography or humor. Lately I have been reading the Cat in the Stacks Series by Miranda James.  Charlie Harris, a widowed librarian, and Diesel, a Maine coon cat help solve local murder mysteries.  My hobbies include painting, sketching and knitting.

 

Kyrra Howard, Clerk

Hello! I have recently joined the team here and I am looking forward to learning more about working in a public library. My graduate degree is in Library and Information Sciences, with a concentration in Local and Archival History, from Clarion University. My undergraduate degree is in Studio Art.  I am excited to add some more art programs for our patrons in the future. Personally, I enjoy reading historical fiction books, but I will read anything that catches my eye.

 

Susan King, Clerk

I have published in newspapers and journals. I have taught college writing and mass communications.  I like to see kids read books and to use computers in new ways.

 

Sharon LaPierre, Clerk

I am one of the newer members of our staff, but no newcomer to the library system.  Having home schooled my two sons until recently, I am familiar with the online catalog and ordering from the 4CLS system.  I enjoy helping patrons find what they are looking for, whether it be a book or information from various research databases.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading books from a diversity of genres, with special interest in science fiction, literature, and whatever looks new and different.  When you see me at the circulation desk, feel free to talk to me about that last great book you read.

 

Other Key Players:

Penny Wyman, Custodial

Shannon McCall, Grounds

Larry Govendo, Maintenance 

 

        William B. Ogden Free Library Board of Trustees:                      

Robbie Jean Rice, President

Glenn Miller, Vice President

Lynda Preiser, Secretary

Sandra Gregory, Treasurer

Jim Kane

James Haggerty

Kathleen Harby

Rachel James

Jessica Backus-Foster

Judy Wildenstein