Meet the Adult Department Staff
Susan DeRonne, Adult Department Director
“One reads books in order to gain the privilege of living more than one life.” — Garrison Keillor
Susan is passionate about lifelong education and access to information for all. Ask her for literary fiction, historical fiction or a good audiobook recommendation. In fact, ask her anything! She will help you find it.
Amy Franco, Adult Programming Librarian
“The free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.” — John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Amy designs many of our educational and recreational programs, and coordinates community-wide events and traveling exhibitions. In her free time, she likes to travel, ride her bike, and (of course) read. Ask her for recommendations on audiobooks, music and funny fiction.
Alex Herzberg, Reader’s Advisory Librarian
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Alex enjoys working with people and helping them find the information they need. His favorite reads include literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, graphic novels and science fiction. Stop by the information desk and he’ll be happy to help you discover your next great read!
Sarah Kleiva, Outreach Librarian
“Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.” — Virginia Wolfe, Mrs. Dalloway
Sarah loves being a librarian and creating great service experiences, teaching people one-on-one and connecting the library and its services to the community in creative and timely ways. She manages the Home Delivery Program, Books on Tap at the Beer Cellar and the English as A New Language collection.
Ian Lashbrook, Instruction Librarian & Business Liaison
“What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Ian has a passion for one-on-one instruction, as well as simplifying and demystifying devices, programs and online services. Ian is also our Business Liaison, working to bring library services and staff out into the community, while also looking to create partnerships with local businesses.
Josh O’Shea, Young Adult Librarian
“Certainly, set goals and strive toward excellence, but to live a life full of joy, you’ll need to embrace whatever you enjoy regardless of your skill level; anything worth being done is worth being done badly.” — Cami Ostman using Gil Chesterton.
Josh sees the library as a place to explore, grow and create. His passion is to provide a high-grade experience for everyone, offering the same services to every person and tailoring to individual needs. He’s especially excited to work with young adults to make the library a safe space for enjoyment and collaboration.
Carol Waller, Adult Reference Librarian
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Carol enjoys helping people find the information they need. She loves working with the library’s collection of materials including purchasing books, dvds and periodicals. Her hobbies include reading, quilting and watching the Lord of the Rings movies over and over again.
Brigitte Bell, Adult Reference Librarian
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman
Brigitte always had a love of books and libraries. Her favorite part of being a librarian is working with the public and being a source of helpfulness and happiness to members of the local community. She enjoys matching people with programs, resources and services which will improve their daily lives.
Elizabeth Clower, Adult Reference Librarian
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami
Elizabeth believes a library is a portal to a deeper universe and a broader horizon. She loves to read non-fiction as well as murder mysteries and works by authors from countries she’s never visited. She also believes two heads are better than one, and looks at “helping” as collaborating. You bring as much to the interaction as she does. So collaborate with her the next time you have a question!
Sue Montgomery, Adult Reference Librarian
“A library is infinity under a roof.” — Gail Carson Levine
Sue loves helping visitors learn new library tricks. If you need help with the online catalog, using one of our databases or want some help finding your books, Sue can help you. Her favorite reads are true adventure memoirs and stories.
Chris Swearson, Adult Reference Librarian
“A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” — Chinese Proverb
Chris has been an avid reader since before the 1st grade and still enjoys devouring a book a week. She loves fantasy, historical fiction, mysteries and humorous literary fiction, and will happily share favorite titles with library members.