We are a mix of geeks, book nerds, historians and game lovers. We are passionate about our Library and our community. We all bring new ideas for community involvement and love to hear from you
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am the CEO of the Hastings Highlands Public Library.
BACKGROUND: I am recently retired from a thirty-year career in education and administration, having worked in York Region and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (North Hastings Senior Elementary School, Bancroft Public School and York River Public School). My wife and our four daughters have lived in North Hastings for nineteen years.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT During my time in North Hastings, I have been involved in various community events: accompanist for the North Hastings Community Choir, board member of the Bancroft Pregnancy Care Centre, volunteer at the Bancroft Community Cupboard, organizer of the North Hastings Celebration of Song, participant in the North Hastings Music Festival and participant in the Bancroft and Maynooth Santa Claus parades.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: My favourite author is John Grisham and my favourite reading material is historical fiction.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Assistant Librarian at Hastings Highlands Public Library.
MAJOR DUTIES: Interlibrary Loan & Pooled Collections, Reader's Advisory & Collection Development
BACKGROUND: I have lived in the Bancroft area for most of my life. I first started working at Hastings Highlands Public Library shortly after moving to Hastings Highlands in 2007. In 2011 I received a certificate in Small Public Library Management through the Southern Ontario Library Service and in 2014 I received a certificate in Advancing Public Library Leadership through the Southern Ontario Library Service and University of Waterloo.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: My most memorable community involvement was being a volunteer committee member on the North Hastings Freedom Skate Park Committee from 2006 – 2010. We met weekly to review goals and discuss steps to move forward with the building of the Freedom Skate Park. It was an amazing experience to work with a team and achieve our goal of building a skate park in Bancroft.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I enjoy reading books of the suspense/thriller genre. I also enjoy learning about things through reading non-fiction. Picture books are high on my list as well because I have 3 young children and spend a lot of time reading to them.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Information Tech Librarian at Hastings Highlands Public Library.
MAJOR DUTIES: Tech Support, DVD Pool Administration, Website & Social Media
BACKGROUND: Although I've moved around the area a lot, I've lived in Hastings Highlands for pretty much my entire life. I went to both Maynooth Public School and Bird's Creek Public School and graduated with honours from North Hastings High School. I was a bit of a late learner compared to the rest of my 1st grade class when it came to reading - I used to pretend to know how to read but usually had the book upside down which gave me away - but once I figured it out, I started reading and even writing my own stories and never really stopped. I started working at the Hastings Highlands Public Library through a grant in 2012 and became an official employee in 2013.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: My current community involvement is primarily library events but in the past I volunteered to help a 'Support Our Troops' organization in Bancroft.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I read a bit of everything but I primarily read young adult books. I enjoy a good murder mystery but my favourite genre is actually fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian because as someone with an overactive imagination myself, I like books that are set in worlds similar but not identical to our own. Some of my favourite authors are Garth Nix, Megan Miranda, David Bell, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, D.J. MacHale, Rick Riordan, Jonathan Stroud, and Shaun David Hutchinson.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Information Services Librarian at Hastings Highlands Public Library. I am a semi-retired educator and teacher librarian from the GTA.
MAJOR DUTIES: Program Coordinator, Book Club, & Cultural Corner
BACKGROUND: My husband Nigel and I moved up to this area four years ago when we retired from our careers in Mississauga.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: As a teacher librarian in the Peel District School Board, I specialized in Middle School and collaborated with teachers to deliver curriculum and support literacy. As a leader in the field of Curriculum Mapping for Student Success, I presented for the Ontario Library Association at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I served for three years on the Peel DSB Non-Fiction Selection and Review Committee. I have volunteered in a variety of roles within the community. In my teens I was elected president of our Eels Lake Junior Cottager’s Association and helped fundraise to purchase safety equipment for cottagers as well as developing a slalom course for skiers. In my student days at the University of Toronto I taught Sunday School in our local parish and sang in the church choir. Later I volunteered in schools to support literacy and read with young primary students. As a teacher librarian, I volunteered to mentor young college and university students wanting to earn hours.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I have always been a reader. My taste has changed and grown as I have over the years. L M Montgomery was my favourite author as a young girl. I enjoy reading Canadian authors Joseph Boyden, Elizabeth Hay, Lawrence Hill, Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters. Historical Fiction is a genre I enjoy as well as realistic fiction, picture books and non-fiction.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am currently the Heritage & Youth Services Librarian
MAJOR DUTIES: Local History Digitization/Preservation, assists with youth services and youth programming.
BACKGROUND: My family is from the area and I grew up in Highland Grove. I graduated from North Hastings High School in 2006. For the last 12 years I have been getting a degree, volunteering and working in Museums and Archives. I ended up switching to be a librarian because of the public engagement, my love of books, and the passion people coming to the library have for books.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: I am a CanSkate Figure Skating Coach and am currently obtaining my private coaching certification. I develop the monthly library activities and am in charge of the Hastings Highlands Public Library Social Media accounts. I was heavily involved in the community when I was in high school and public school, participating with the Bancroft Theatre guild (makeup artist and prop painting), Girl Guides and Brownies, Bancroft Martial Arts, and a Program Assistant with Bancroft Skate Club for Canskate.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I enjoy a lot of different genres, but my favourite reading material is Sci-fi/Fantasy and my favourite author that I continuously go back to is Terry Pratchett.