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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.

Contact Susan by email at sderonne followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6743.


Amy Franco, Adult Department Assistant Director

“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.

Contact Amy by email at afranco followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6747.


Elizabeth Clower, Instruction Librarian and Business Liaison

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami

A skilled librarian, Elizabeth has experience working with multiple community entities, including nonprofits, private and public organizations, and governmental entities. Creating working partnerships is her specialty.

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!

Contact Beth by email at eclower followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6750.


Brenna Murphy, Readers’ Advisory Librarian

“The world was hers for the reading.” — Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Brenna is excited to help you find your next great read! She loves to talk books and would be happy to help you try a new genre, discover ebooks, or get materials for your book club. She reads across all genres, but her favorites are mystery, historical, and literary fiction.

Contact Brenna by email at bmurphy followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6749.


Joshua ES 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.

Contact Josh by email at joshea followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6748.


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.

Contact Carol by email at cwaller followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6744.


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.


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.

Contact Chris by email at cswearson followed by @gepl.org or 630-790-6751.