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Sue Christenson is marking her last day at Park County Library on January 31, 2018. She was hired to work with Marge Buchholz in 1986. She served as the Adult Services Assistant for a year and then went to work as the assistant in the children’s department in Cody in 1987. She worked with children until she accepted the Cody Audio-Visual Assistant position in 2006. After 32 years with the library she is now planning to travel, spend time with children, grandchildren, family and friends and take a well-deserved rest.
Laramie County Library System’s Bobby Phillipps was promoted in January from Circulation Assistant to Audio-Visual Coordinator. Starting with the library in 2004 as a shelver, Phillipps has long appreciated the library’s audio and visual collections and the work it takes to keep them fresh and relevant. In his new position he will coordinate the extensive in-house collection of nearly 30,000 audio-visual titles for adults, including movie and television DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and video games. A professional musician, Phillipps sees his experience playing cover songs at local venues as great preparation for understanding the broad and varied interests of the library’s patrons. He says his love for music, movies and pop culture was fed by the library and vice versa.
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Katherine Loader joined Laramie County Library System as its first Early Literacy Librarian in mid-December. She will lead the library’s new First Steps Initiative funded by the Laramie County Library Foundation. Loader was previously the Tech Librarian, serving patrons of all ages, at the Anythink Libraries in Thornton, Colorado. She received her Masters in Library Science degree from Emporia State University. Loader’s work at several libraries in the Denver metro gave her experience working for and with a variety of underserved populations. Loader has also taught English literacy to young children in South Korea and worked as a preschool assistant. ” It’s definitely a privilege to be at this spot in the initiative where we’re really at the beginning,” she said.
Jessica Mustard has been chosen as the new Elk Mountain Branch Manager. Jessica was born and raised in Wyoming. She is not only an avid reader, she is also an avid fisherman and photographer. She enjoys being out in the wilderness as much as possible. The Elk Mountain Branch is part of Carbon County Library System.
Justin Whisenant is the new manager of Hanna Branch Library. Justin is a husband and father of three children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Spatial Science and Forestry from Texas A&M University and has previously worked in GIS, mapping, and surveying. When not at the library, he runs a woodworking business and a tree/orchard care service out of his home. When a rare day of freedom makes it onto his schedule, you’ll find him in the mountains wetting a line.