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Meet your talented, part-time library staff

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Photo courtesy Carole Howard Sisson Library patrons are lucky to have five talented part-time staffers doing a variety of tasks, including interlibrary loans and cataloguing as well as staffing the desk and helping you find the book or DVD or CD that you want.  Fro left are Julie Loar, Dona Sehon, Susan McAdams and Kay Kaylor.  Missing from the photo is Shirley Iverson, who has the longest service of any library staffer.

Photo courtesy Carole Howard
Sisson Library patrons are lucky to have five talented part-time staffers doing a variety of tasks, including interlibrary loans and cataloguing as well as staffing the desk and helping you find the book or DVD or CD that you want.  Fro left are Julie Loar, Dona Sehon, Susan McAdams and Kay Kaylor.  Missing from the photo is Shirley Iverson, who has the longest service of any library staffer.

We are lucky to have five part-time staffers working two or three days a week doing a variety of tasks including interlibrary loans and cataloguing as well as staffing the desk and helping you find the book, DVD or CD that you want.

Here’s a brief introduction to these talented and dedicated ladies:

• Originally from Iowa, Shirley Iverson is our senior staff person, having worked at the library since 1987, full-time until two years ago. She and her husband moved here when their five children, born in Fort Collins, ranged from a high school senior to fourth grade. Oldest son Tim and his family, and youngest daughter Emily, still are Pagosa residents. Shirley says the best thing about working at the library is the people, both her fellow staff and our patrons.

• A Colorado native, Kay Kaylor has lived in seven states and the Philippines where she was a Peace Corp volunteer. She moved to Pagosa from California a year ago, looking for a small town with a good climate and snow instead of rain. Having been a school librarian and college textbook editor, it was a natural for her to volunteer at the library. She joined the staff in February.

• Julie Loar, raised in Ohio, moved to Pagosa from Dallas in 1997 for the climate, beauty and people. She is in charge of the GED program. She’s always been a library patron, and in the few months she has worked in the library she’s become even more aware of how important a resource the library is for a wide spectrum of the community. Her younger daughter, Elizabeth Baldwin, also lives in Pagosa.

• Originally from New Jersey, Susan McAdams moved from Phoenix to Pagosa with her husband, Phil, seven years ago, and has worked at the library almost as long, starting as a volunteer for a few months. She’s had a wide variety of work experience, from sign painting to aerospace engineering, and calls this the best job she’s ever had. She’s also well known locally as a skillful painter and quilter.

• Another Colorado native, Dona Sehon worked for Wal-Mart for 20 years before retiring and moving to Pagosa from Colorado Springs in 2002. She began working at the library in January, motivated by her great love of books — especially fiction. In fact, she jokes that she had a home book collection that might rival the size of the library’s. She also loves to cook.

Art fun 

Kids in the first-third grades can have fun with art tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 15) from 2-3 p.m.

Lifelong Learning 

Tonight (Thursday, Nov. 14) marks the latest in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series. Join us for “Women in Islam: A World of Contradictions.” as Dr. Dennis Aronson covers the lives of Muslim women in different parts of the world. All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

International Game Day 

Please join us this Saturday, Nov. 13, for a free all ages International Game Day from 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. We’ll have Wii, Xbox, Playstation, 360 Kinect, Pokemon card battles, board games and more. This is an annual event, sponsored by the American Library Association. See how you measure up playing board and video games against kids and adults at more than 1,000 libraries across the country.

Stopping family violence

On Monday, Nov. 18, from 4-5 p.m., learn about real life situations, the dynamics of unhealthy relationships and healthy interactions, and how they can affect children, as well as how to talk to teens about healthy relationships. This free session is presented by the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program.

“Bully” movie 

Mark your calendars for the documentary “Bully,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, followed by a discussion. This session requires no registration and is open to all ages.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session requires registration — Microsoft Word Templates on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12:30–2:30 p.m. You’ll learn how to create a resume, holiday cards, certificates and more.

Free teen gaming

Every Tuesday from 45:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles. You are welcome to bring other trading card and battle games. Snacks provided.

New fiction

“The Wolves of Midwinter” by Anne Rice is the latest in her Wolf Gift Chronicles fantasy series. ”“Charming” by Elliott James is an urban fantasy. “Friday’s Harbor” by Diane Hammond tells of a desperately ill orca whale rescued by a zoo. “Vintage Attraction” by Charles Blackstone is a romance set in the world of wine. “The Lost Art of Mixing” by Erica Bauermeister returns to the world of Lillian and her restaurant.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass and Virginia Bartlett as well as several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” — Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), American composer, conductor, author and pianist.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on November 14, 2013.