It’s time to play, “Name That Librarian”! Here are your clues:
- This is her seventh year at the Library
- She went to JBU and to Culinary School
- She loves World of Warcraft and feel-good historical romance novels
- She doesn’t always have a food craving…but when she does it’s usually for homemade apple pie and ice cream
- She is the devoted Cat Mama of the incredibly adorable, Mr. Nuts
Can you guess?
If you frequent the Library, chances are you’ve had the pleasure of meeting this easy-going, talented, and caring librarian. She is a joy to work with─as a library patron or a fellow staff member.
Ivy moved to Siloam Springs as a teenager when her Dad opened a Hank’s Fine Furniture Store. She recounts that she was born in Wichita, Kansas, “home of the BEST zoo I have ever been to.”
Fast forward through the rest of her school years and Ivy found herself working at the Library beginning in 2011. When I asked her what motivates her about her job, she said:
“The staff is what motivates me. We are team, and we value each others strengths and weakness. The library is my home away from home, so the staff is like my family. I can’t think of a better group of ladies than the ones that I work with!”
It’s clear that Ivy develops great relationships with the other staff members at the Library. On any given day you might see Ivy delivering a homemade treat to the break room, taking time to ask a coworker “how are you?” (and meaning it), or telling someone “congratulations” on a successful project. She is a problem-solving, note-writing, program-planning, book-cataloguing, drama-dispelling, pie-baking, well-loved coworker.
But Ivy’s caring attitude extends beyond just her coworkers. She works hard to make the Library a fun and helpful place for everyone who comes in. Ivy would like to see the Library “…at the heart of the community.” She wants people to “…see the library as a destination haven where you can have fun, learn, and just feel like they are a vital part of this community, because they are!”
When I asked her what she wished more people knew about our Library, she said,
“I’d just like people to know that a library is more than just books. We are so much more.”
Ivy is especially excited about our new technology help services and basic internet courses. Class times will be listed on the Library Website as they occur. You can also drop in for personal tech help every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00pm next to the reference desk. She also wants everyone to know about Universal Class. Ivy says, “let’s say you want to add something to your resume to give it some ‘oomf’? Guess what, you can take a [Universal] class and get a certificate at then end of the class that you can add to your resume.”
When I asked her what inspires her to keep working at the Library, Ivy said, “I love it when a kid asks for a new series that we don’t have, and we can help provide them with the book through our item request forms. Just to see the excitement they have to read those books is what keeps me doing what I love doing, which is putting those new books in our library database. Don’t be shy, and ask us for that book that you’ve been wanting to read!”
As much as Ivy loves the Library, if she had to choose an alternate career, she said, “Everyone has a ‘dream job,’ and mine is to have a Coffee shop/Cafe with my pies, cheesecakes, cookies, and savory lunch type foods!”
This blog author gets hungry just thinking about a place like that. Library-Cafe, anyone?
Here’s some more fun facts about Ivy!
Hidden talent: “My hidden talent is to make anyone within 10 feet of myself hungry. I talk about food a lot. Haha!”
Favorite color? “I love purple, but mostly a jeweled eggplant type color. (Hey look, I tied in food. Did I make you hungry?)”
Favorite foods to make: Apple pie, french toast, alfredo…she’s currently trying to perfect German pancakes. Bonus fact: Ivy’s Great Grandmother was a fantastic cook. Ivy grew up wanting to be like her.
Ideal Saturday: “My ideal Saturday would be to sleep in without an alarm clock waking up mid-morning. Play World of Warcraft (yes, I’m a nerd, and I love it.) until I wake up with a cup of coffee. Get cuddles with Mr. Nuts and watch Netflix (right now I’m watching Criminal Minds), or watch some ghost shows. Oh, and of course bake a homemade apple pie for dessert that evening – ice cream included!”
Current read: “I am reading The Girl at the Gatehouse, by Julie Klassen. I love historical romance. I like to read something warm and positive in my free time that just makes me smile and sigh a contented sigh when I’m finished with the book.”
Pets: “I have a fat, white, ginger cat named, Mr. Nuts! I got him at our Siloam Springs Animal Shelter. I remember the day before I was going to pick out a pet, my sister and I were looking at all of the pets at the shelter online. Specifically, we came across a really goofy looking cat named Picasso. We joked around about what a silly name “Picasso” was, and how that cat had just the goofiest looking face. It wasn’t until a few weeks afterwards, that I realized I had actually adopted that cat named Picasso, who actually turned out to be the best cat I have ever had! We still joke about “Picasso.” When he is really happy, he gives us that “Picasso” face, and it just melts my heart.”
Like apple pie with ice cream, the Library is a richer place because of Ivy. Staff and patrons alike are grateful for her calming nature, her organizational (and culinary!) talent, and her generous care for others.
Till next time,