Meet Our Staff

Meet the talented Kokomo-Howard County Public Library staff!

 

Faith Brautigam

I love coming to work because I think public libraries are amazingly wonderful places. When I have down time one of the things I enjoy doing is puttering in the kitchen, although I usually find making unhealthy foods to be more fun than making healthy ones. I also get excited about small things like learning a new fact or spending time with family and friends. While I’m at work, I try to be congenial but if you want to see my competitive streak just watch basketball with me during March Madness.

 

 

 

Heather D.

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, but have worked at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library since – well, a long, long time ago. I think it’s wonderful that I was hired at KHCPL the same year as another Kansas City area native, but was traumatized when I learned that Sue is from the Kansas side! My favorite poem is about the character Clark in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (look it up!) I grew up singing while doing household chores, so you might catch me singing an aria or some silly song while I work, though I try to stifle that urge in the name of professionalism. I love to read all kinds of books, especially paperback romances, mysteries, and, dare I admit, books about werewolves.

 

 

 

 

 

Peg Harmon

Growing up, my family lived only a few blocks from the public library. Eventually, I got my first real job there as a page shelving books, and thus began my library career. At one point, I worked in an engineering library at a university for four years, but my heart was really in public libraries. When not at work, I like to be active, especially outdoors. Once a year I go on an adventure. So far, my favorite adventure was hiking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu in Peru. 

 

 

 

Abby W.

If I could be anywhere in the world, I would be everywhere! I love traveling and experiencing new cultures. I have been to many cities in Italy, France, Mexico, and the Bahamas, as well as all over the US. My most favorite thing to enjoy while traveling is the ART! I am a Fine Arts major currently studying at Indiana University Kokomo and I would love nothing more than to work in an art gallery someday and maybe teach college art courses. My favorite types of art include ancient Roman art, impressionism, surrealism, and of course music. I couldn’t go a day without music in my life. My favorite band is KISS and I have seen them perform eight times. I have also had the pleasure of shaking their hands, getting a picture with them and a few autographs. One of the things that I pride myself on is my modest collection of their memorabilia.

 

 

Beth S.

Beth S.Growing up I probably placed a hold on a thousand different library materials, now I get to pull a thousand holds a year as a clerk in the Adult and Teen department. I love the library and I love helping people find a good book. When I’m not at work, you might find me chasing after my kids, studying for school, or serving in ministry with my husband. When I get some free time though, I like to read funny chick-lit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina F.

I was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan; since I grew up there, you can’t hold that against me.  I am married with two children, who keep me very busy, when I am not working, with all of their extracurricular activities.  I also like running, bike riding, yoga, cooking, geocaching, and learning new things.  I love reading; it allows me to experience a life unlike my own, as in: Pride and Prejudice, The Catcher in the Rye, The Road, The Paris Wife, The Time Travelers Wife, The Walk, The Great Gatsby, and The Shack.

 

 

 

 

Justin K.

I am originally from Flora, Indiana, but currently live in the area. I received my undergraduate degree from Indiana University—Bloomington in Comparative Literature and Germanic Studies (which is really fancy for “not many career options.”) I’ve worked for KHCPL for 5 years now but only as a librarian since 2012. I like strange things: strange books, strange music, and strange movies. Come visit me at KHCPL Main and we’ll see who has seen the weirdest movie (spoiler alert: I’m going to win.)

 

 

 

Marsha S.

Marsha S.I am a born and bred Hoosier and an eclectic reader. For many years I have enjoyed camping, hiking and canoeing with my family in Indiana’s beautiful state parks.  I enjoy taking leisurely bike rides in town or country, and one of my favorite ways to relax is to lounge on my deck with a good book, while sipping a glass of wine or cup of tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theophilus H.

Theophilus H.I love people. I have a degree in Air Traffic Control Science and a BA in Social and Behavior Science from IU. I am an Air Force veteran (air traffic controller) and loved traveling the country and the world to meet new people. My hobby is studying the history of African Americans in the American West. It’s not a separate discipline, just an expansion of U.S. History. I love long road trips (a leisurely 5,000 mile trip is not unusual for me). Look for Theo the next time you’re in the library if you have a good idea for a new road trip, interesting Af Am Western history trivia to share, or want to know some really neat places to visit out West.

 

 

 

 

Tonya M.

Tonya M.It’s a good thing I am a faithful IU basketball fan as I have 2 degrees from there. I have had a lifelong love of movies and music. My dream job would be to become a movie critic (getting paid to watch movies makes me all kinds of giddy) Since that isn’t going to happen any time soon, getting to select movies and music for the adult and children’s collections fills the void quite nicely. When I am not going to the movies or listening to music, I love to crochet and knit which I am proud to say that I learned at a library program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trisha Shively

Trisha ShivelyI grew up in Oldenburg, a small town in Southern Indiana that did not have a public library. I got my first public library card when I started working for a public library when I was in college. Since then, I have truly learned to appreciate the value that public libraries have in their communities. One of my favorite parts of my job is planning programs such as Howard County Reads and Summer Reading Club. I am married and have a son who is in the United States Marine Corps and a daughter who is in high school. I love to cook and use it as a form of stress relief. If I weren't a librarian, I would want to either own a restaurant or catering business. 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Smith

My name is Aaron Smith and I am the Head of Circulation and Facilities at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. I enjoy helping patrons get the most out of their library. I am an alumnus of IU-Bloomington and IU-Kokomo. I enjoy visiting the many eclectic restaurants and Cafés in Kokomo. In my spare time I enjoy economics, current events, studying history, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels. I live in a modest home with my family, a bossy Shi-Tzu dog named Lizette and an emotionally-needy Maltese dog named Anton.

 

 

Circulation Dept Staff

Welcome to KHCPL Main from the Circulation staff.

 

The Circulation desk is located in the middle of the first floor, therefore, we serve as your first stop for information upon entering the library from Union St or the parking lot entrance.

 

We always enjoy seeing our long established friends, and meeting new friends, and helping them to discover the library and the many dynamic services it provides

 

Our staff will be happy to assist you with creating a new library card and checking out materials, making copies or faxing.

 

As the audio-visual section, Movies, Music and More is located next to the Circulation desk, we will be happy to help you find the book on CD or new release DVD that you are seeking.

Collection Management Dept Staff

We are the Collection Management Department! Don’t worry, that name simply means that we manage the collection of books and other library items…we have nothing to do with collecting your late fines! Every item you check out at the library had its start in our department. We select which items to order, then we receive and pay for the items when they come in. We catalog every item into our library system and online database. We then make sure they are labeled with barcodes, call numbers, and other identifying stickers so that they can later be easily organized, shelved correctly, and located by our patrons. After one last check to make sure everything is correct, they are sorted and distributed to the correct library location so that they can be available for you to check out! A fun fact about us: our department houses some of KHCPL’s most experienced employees. Combined, we have given 234 years of service to our library! 

 

 

 

 

Dawn V.

I grew up in the country with few neighbors, two older siblings whom I annoyed,  and four channels on the TV, so reading became a favorite pastime early in life to entertain myself when it was too crummy or dark to be outside. I have worked at KHCPL for more than half my life (I’m not THAT old!) and thoroughly enjoy selecting fiction and nonfiction materials for the adult collection. Personally, I love a good story or mystery with quirky characters, anything by David Baldacci or Michael Connelly, biographies, and historical nonfiction, particularly Civil War or WWIIeras. You can find me in the Annex reading tons of book reviews or creating weeding lists, but occasionally, I put on my old Reference hat and fill in at the desk in the Adult & Teen Department (Main) or at the South Branch.

 

I also love watching football at every level, especially college (Go Irish!) and my favorite family vacations are spent lounging on the beach in Florida…with a good book, of course!

Deb A.

I have been a children’s librarian over half my life, and LOVE my job selecting materials for kids.  (I do, however, admit to hating my alarm clock.)  I also love my coworkers here at KHCPL, as they are especially patient with me when I am overcome by the sudden urge to read Elephant and Piggie stories aloud. You can usually find me in the Annex behind the Main library, but you never know when I might be wandering around at Main, South or Russiaville, or assisting the bookmobile staff as they mediate 3rd grade conflicts about One Direction books.  I also truly enjoy recommending the latest amazing juvenile book I have read, and I always believe it to be better than any adult book.  I believe that life is one grand story, and am passionate about always having too many books to read.

 

 

Eddie C.

Hello! I graduated from IU Kokomo with my undergraduate degree in Arts and Humanities and from Indiana University Indianapolis with my Master of Library Science degree. I am the cataloging librarian here at KHCPL. I record and describe the library’s materials to help create our catalog, Encore, so that everyone can find the materials they want. I also teach library public services for the LTA program at Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to coming to KHCPL, I was a reference librarian at the IU Kokomo Library. I also worked in a bakery part-time for eight years. MmmmMmmm! Doughnuts! 

 

 

 

Tammy Keith

I started working here as a part time job—over 30 years ago. Needless to say, this is a great place to work! I get to be around books and materials, help patrons, and work with the great staff here. It doesn’t get any better than this—really! My favorite parts of my job are talking with my coworkers and coming up with ideas to do things better, and working on stats to better allocate materials and funds to best serve our patrons. I enjoy listening to audiobooks in my car, and I have been known to bring the CD into the house when I’m not ready to stop listening. I tend to get obsessive about it sometimes. I have a great family and we love being together, often at sporting events. Football is our passion, but we love watching whatever our kids are playing.

 

 

 

Children's Services Dept Staff

 

 

 

Sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

 

Amber, Angie, Tiffany, 

Nicole, Liv, and Emily, 

Crafting, cutting, helping you.

That is what we love to do.

Reading, singing, dancing too.

CSD is here for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle K.

Michelle K.I was born and raised in our growing and glowing City of Firsts and take much pride in my responsibilities to offer a clean and safe environment for patrons and staff of KHCPL! I often say to my three children, “Be yourself, because there is no one else like you.” I believe the Kokomo Howard County Public Library is much like a museum, a place that offers numerous resources right at your fingertips whether it be for entertainment, work, social or a place to curl up in a quiet place and enjoy your favorite book! I am the custodian that knows patrons by name and will greet each one in passing with an enthusiastic and warm smile letting each patron feel as though they are home when they are here. I brag, boast and toast to my co-workers as well as the community for making it possible to have such an outstanding, safe and very tidy local library for all to enjoy!

 

 

 

Sue L.

Sue L.I grew up outside of Kansas City Kansas. In my early 20’s I returned to Kokomo, where I was born, and have been here since that time. I love people and love being helpful. I take cleanliness, clutter  and germ removal very seriously and treat the Library facilities like they are my own. You might catch me frowning in bad weather when rain, mud, slush, snow and salt get tracked into the buildings, but as soon as I see you, a bright smile will break across my face. After all, you are the reason I strive to keep the facilities clean, safe and inviting. If you see me, give me a wave and a smile; it will make my day brighter.

 

 

 

 

Terry S.

I was born and raised in Frankfort, IN. I come from a long line of good cooks and carpenters. I enjoy doing both. I spent 25 years in housekeeping at GM. I guess that’s why I work at the library, to clean and make the building look good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Russell

I began my library career at the Kokomo Public Library as the Bookmobile Librarian in 1977. I worked as a Corporate Librarian for many years but then returned home to KHCPL as the Assistant Digital Archivist, and in 2013 accepted the position of Head of Genealogy and Local History Department. I enjoy working on family genealogy, gardening, and making baskets in my spare time. I am active in the local chapter of DAR and am willing to help others who have an interest.

 

 

 

Janice B.

I began my career here at KHCPL as a volunteer in the Local History Room in 1986. I enjoy my job and find it exciting to help patrons find their ancestors. I am related to former U. S. President Dwight Eisenhower, and I recently went to the Eisenhower Library in Kansas to do research on my Eisenhower ancestors. While there, I found a picture of my grandfather at age 3 months and also a picture of one of my great-grandparents in their collection.

 

 

 

 

Melanie V.

Melanie V.When my children were elementary age, my husband and I homeschooled them. I used to tell them that being smart didn’t mean you knew the answers to everything, it just meant you were good at knowing where to find the answers. Libraries are a great place to find answers, so we spent a lot of time in both public and academic libraries. I started volunteering at the library and eventually decided to pursue a career helping others find answers in the Reference Department.  In 2013, I accepted the position of Digital Archivist in the Genealogy and Local History Department. Many times people preface their questions to me with “this is a dumb question, but…” and I smile inside because they’ve just shown how incredibly smart they are by asking at the library! 

 

 

 

Ron T.

I taught high school Latin for many years which led to teaching Medical Terminology at the college level. My interests now lie in helping people break through their Genealogy Brick Walls and find their ancestry. I began researching family genealogy and history in 1960. At present, I have over 200,000 individuals in my own personal database with some dating back into the 1400s and earlier. 

 

 

 

Jennifer Budenz

I graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 2001 with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems as well as a B.S. in Business Management. After graduation, I worked as a Web Developer / Designer until my current position as the Information Technology Manager for KHCPL in 2008. In this role, I manage the day-to-day operations of the library’s computer systems as well as maintain the library’s web sites. In my spare time, I love all things artistic, including painting and photography and enjoy restoring and decorating old houses. However my biggest passion is horseback riding and competing with my Quarter Horse, Vibe. Oh yeah, I also love spending time with my husband and two dogs!

 

Lisa Fipps

(Read to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music)
Writing and reading and laughing and joking.
Traveling and shopping and playing with my pug.
Spending some time with my family and friends.
These are a few of my favorite things.
(You can stop singing now.)
I am a Ball State University grad with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with Academic Honors in Writing. In my past life, I was a journalist for 19 years and won 23 awards. I love my job in Marketing, but my dream job is writing YA and middle novels full-time in a cabin in Bar Harbor, Maine, in the warm months and in a beach cottage somewhere where it’s warm in the winter. (Oh, and I’ve been to Salzburg, Austria, where The Sound of Music was filmed. Sorry I got that song stuck in your head.)

 

Shakti Scircle

Hello, chick-a-dees! My name is Shakti and graphic design is what I do. While I was born on the East Coast, Kokomo has been home for most of my memory. Outside of work, I spend large chunks of my time blogging, pretending I know how to sew, and mentoring teens at my church. I also have a great love for my husband, avocados, and hand-lettering. 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug Workinger

Doug WorkingerI’ve worked at the library for 20 years, but even before that I worked with books. Every job I’ve ever had I got to work with books in one way or another. My first job was at Waldenbooks when I was 17 years old and I didn’t know it then, but it started me down a path I’ve been fortunate to wander. I read whenever I get the chance, especially comic books and graphic novels, but those times are fewer and fewer now that my partner and I are helping care for our niece, who is just learning to crawl, which gives me very little time to read.

 

One of the things I do for the library is select for the graphic novel collections. I always love to hear suggestions and talk about anything comics, so feel free to email me if you want to see something in our library that we don’t have. 

 

 

Joy R.

I am originally from Tipton County and had never seen a bookmobile until I started working at KHCPL over 11 years ago.  I am married, have a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter that is married and lives in New Jersey.  I have two miniature schnauzers and three grandcats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim J.

Kim J.I have lived in Howard County all of my life, I am married and have a daughter, a son, son-in-law and a future daughter-in-law. I enjoy antique tractor shows and traveling around Indiana and seeing all of the odd and amazing things our state has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam H.

Pam H.I have been a resident of Kokomo all of my life. I was born at St Joseph Hospital in 1961. I am divorced and I have two sons ages 21 and 25, I also have two Grandchildren. My granddaughter is 8 and my grandson will be two in May 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhonda B-A

I enjoy the feel of a book in my hand, smelling the print as I read, looking online for new items, placing holds and eagerly waiting for my email saying they are here! So working at the library is a wonderful experience. My job takes me out to schools, assistant living communities, daycares and neighborhoods giving me a chance to meet new people and build friendships with them. My growing family is my main focus. I enjoy reading (of course), listening to audio books on my drive to work, sewing for my family, gardening with my sister and spending time with wonderful friends....life is good.

 

 

Robin R.

Robin R.I love to tell stories, much to the displeasure of my four grandchildren and daughter who are the inspiration of most of my stories. Teaching children at church each Sunday is a great outlet for storytelling and crafts which I also love. But I also enjoy hearing good stories, so my job as senior service coordinator is a perfect fit. The homebound patrons that I work with fill me with their life stories that amuse and inspire me. I am often told I should write a book with all of my stories and theirs. This may just be a kind way of asking me to put them on paper instead my continual talking. However, someday I may just do that. I would love to have time to sit in my flower garden, write a book and fill it with some of my photographs which are in my computer longing to be seen. 

 

 

 

KHCPL Russiaville Staff

We are the team that keeps KHCPL Russiaville up and running. Between the four of us, we have read every genre, so don’t be shy about asking for a book recommendation. We can’t wait to help you discover your new favorite book.

Meredith Wagner

Meredith is a second generation librarian. Her favorite book format is the audiobook on CD. If you are interested in books about natural childbirth or resources for babywearing, she would be happy to make recommendations.

 

 

 

 

Ashley M.

Hello! My name is Ashley and I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. I moved to Kokomo in 2013 to start a new adventure in life, and I am excited to see what this chapter will bring. My dream has always been to work at a library because I believe that everyone’s story matters. When I am not at the library, you can find me running at a local park, spending time with my family, or in the kitchen trying new recipes. I love young adult literature, cooking shows, and learning how to sew.

 

 

 

Connie T.

I am originally from Logansport and now live in Kokomo with my husband. We have two adult children, a son and a daughter who both live nearby. I am also the proud grandmother of a grandson and I look forward to spending a lot of time with him. When I am not with my beautiful grandson, I enjoy reading and taking walks in the warm weather. I mostly read fiction and mysteries, but you can often find me with my nose stuck in a cookbook. I love checking out the new cookbooks and trying different recipes. I will try anything, but really like making a variety of soups. I enjoy taking weekend trips with my husband to Michigan with Frankenmuth and Mackinaw being my favorite stops. Sometime in the future I plan on taking a trip to Hawaii with my family. 

 

 

Courtney K.

I was born in Kokomo, Indiana. I’ve also lived in Muncie, Ind., Texas and Germany. My favorite food is pasta, favorite color is green and my favorite stories are fairy tales. When I’m not reading, I am blogging, planning homeschool lessons, swimming and playing video games. Being a children’s librarian is the best job because you get to sing, dance, play, and make a mess almost every day!

 

 

 

Lauren D.

My name is Lauren. I’m currently working part time at the Library while I attend Nursing School at Indiana University Kokomo. Besides working at the library, I am a server at Outback Steakhouse. I love being outdoors and hanging out with my friends. In my spare time I enjoy listening to country music and riding on the back of a motorcycle!

 

 

 

 

Lori Hugley

I grew up in Tipton Co. and have lived in Indiana most of my life (a short stay in Bowling Green, Virginia and Norwalk, California). I received my BS in Criminal Justice from Ball State and my Masters in Library Science from IUPUI. I am married with two children and one wonderful Vizsla named Gypsy. I love to travel and have a great group of friends that share my passion. I am also a huge Colts fan and have had season tickets since 2001. I never imagined working at the library, but once I started I just couldn’t leave! I have been with the library for 20+ years! 

 

 

 

Lori W.

Hi, I’m Lori, the South Branch Circulation Manager. I was born in Germany and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides spending time with my family, my favorite activities are reading, card making and visiting the state parks. I graduated from Ohio State, so I’m always on the lookout for Buckeye fans. Stop by the South Branch and ask me for the German Word for the Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Mattie A.

I am a shopaholic! I love to shop for bargains.  This is a big help since my other favorite hobby is planning parties! I love to decide on a theme, pick out fun items to go with it and then put it all together for one awesome party! I have 3 children so I especially love planning children’s parties! If I didn’t work at the library, I would love to help Fancy Nancy plan some fabulous tea parties!

 

 

 

Melissa W.

Melissa W.I loved to read as a kid, but it was in middle school when I finally found something that really interested me. I read the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce and was hooked. I read the book so many times, my middle school librarian had to tape it back together for me. Perhaps that was a sign of things to come. After receiving my Bachelors in English my mother saw an article about librarians in the newspaper. Soon I was off to Indianapolis to get my Masters in Library Science. It might have been that memory of the middle school librarian, but during my classes I discovered I wanted to work in Teen Services. I have worked at KHCPL since I graduated in 2003. I love reading teen books and helping teen patrons find books to suit their individual tastes. I have served on the Young Hoosier Book Award Committee, and continue to serve on Indiana’s Eliot Rosewater Committee. In my spare time I read, blog about books, and experiment in the kitchen.

 

 

Mikayla, Kylie and Lauren S.


  
We are the pages at the South Branch.  We work hard to get all returned items back on the shelves.  Feel free to stop and ask for help when you see one of us in the stacks.  If we can’t help, we know who can.

 

 

 

Nichole G.

I started out as a volunteer at the South Branch before getting hired on part time. I also work as a clerk in Collection Management (the backbone of the library; those colorful little stickers in the books are my handiwork). I am a single mother of three and enjoy watching the Western Marching Band as my hobby. I also enjoy reading trashy romance novels and have an obsession with Navy S.E.A.L. biographies. If you ever need help deciding on a good romance, don’t hesitate to ask. I know the collection like the back of my hand! 

 

 

 

Norma V.

I grew up as one of eight children on a farm in historical Vincennes, Indiana, where we raised watermelons and cantaloupes among other things.  Nothing keeps you in shape better than working a full day in the hot sun pitching melons.  One of my chores was to milk the cow before school and again in the evening.  We always had lots of fresh milk and homemade butter.   We also canned all the vegetables from the garden and raised chickens for eggs and to eat.  Needless to say, I would much rather be outside gardening than inside cleaning.  I love to crochet and craft and read historical novels, true crime and biographies.