Meet The Staff

 

Carrie Andrew
Born in Jos, Nigeria, I spent the first 18 years of my life as a missionary kid. I returned to the Texas for college, receiving a BA in Elementary Education from Dallas Baptist University. After teaching 4th grade ESL in Texas for 4 years, my Australian husband and I moved to Telluride in 2003. Starting out in seasonal jobs, we quickly put down roots by purchasing a home in Norwood. I first worked at the Telluride library for 1 year and then became the District/HS Librarian for the Norwood School District where I worked for 5 years. During which time, I earned my Masters Degree in Educational Media (School Librarianship) from UNC Greeley.  I began working as the Library Director of the Norwood library in 2010. It has been an exciting and rewarding 6 years, during which time I have had the honor to serve the community in many ways including sitting on the boards of our Chamber of Commerce and the recently formed endowment fund, Lone Cone Legacy Trust. I also serve on the board of the Colorado Library Consortium, a state-wide agency providing continuing education, cooperative purchasing, regional consulting, and ILS management to libraries all over the state.

In the 6 years that I have worked as the Director of the Norwood library, I have participated in many training events put on by CRC including RPD in Ouray in 2013.  I appreciate the quality and relevance of the programs, in general, but I found RPD to be all that and more!  The opportunity to interact with regional colleagues and grantmakers creates an extremely rewarding experience. I am excited to get to be a part of the planning for the San Juan RPD in Montrose.

I would describe myself as a Transformational Leader. I seek to inspire my team to work towards a common vision. I communicate well and am not afraid to delegate. I take responsibility for the items that I have committed to complete and I get them done. I tend to be matter of fact, but not too direct. I try to be fair and see all sides to a situation before forming a decision, but I am decisive and want to get things done.


Rhonda Oliver is the Lone Cone Library inter library loan connection. Any item that patrons are unable to find in the AspenCat catalog she will gladly search and find in other libraries. It is delivered to the library and you are notified when it is ready for pickup. She has been working for the library since 2002 and enjoys the  challenges that library science has as it evolves with constant changes in technology. Cataloging is her true passion, and she is always excited to see a new box of books come through the door. She also processes all donations to the library, so don’t hesitate to call the library to set up a time for drop off during business hours.


My name is Brandi Platt and I am the Administrative Assistant and Special Events Coordinator and started working here in January of 2017.  I grew up in Norwood, met my husband in high school and after getting married and plenty of moving around, we moved back home. I was introduced to a very interesting book called Where Eagles Winter, that is about this area and found a lot of family history, including that my family has been in the area since the 1800’s!

I have a very fond love for books and always have one, or my Kindle, in my hands. I feel like being in a library is where I belong. I am a Beta reader for my friend and author, Ann Charles. I was fortunate enough to do the teen summer reading program this year and will be continuing throughout the school year. I have a strong fondness of senior citizens and will be trying to get some programming to introduce to them as well. I am also available to help with any tech questions that I can, and if I don’t know the answer, I will try my hardest to find one to help you.


My name is Amber Ingram and I am the new Youth Event Coordinator for the Library. My family and I are moving from Phoenix, Arizona to be closer to my dad (Dave Mcfalls), sister (Jessica Mills) and nephew (Ryder). I am very excited to get the opportunity to work with you and your kiddos! My husband Mike and I have been together for 17 years and we have 4 kids. Our oldest Ayden is 14 (9th grade) Shane is 7 (2nd grade), Kara is 6 (1st Grade) and our youngest trouble maker is Emily and she’s 18 months. We’re all excited to get out of the heat and the big city hustle, and can’t wait to settle down in Norwood. I can’t wait to meet you all!
~Amber

 


Lauri Kozey-McCune has worked for the library for close to 30 years now. She started off part time as a fill in working along side Barbara Youngblood. She has become the Library Assistant and has been full time for over 8 years.

 

 


Barbara Youngblood started working at the library in 1978, and became Director in 1980-2010.  She saw the library grow to nearly 12,000 volumes, added computer services, children’s storytimes and evening hours, and double in size.

 


Janet Spor grew up in North Carolina.  After her retirement from teaching, she was a substitute teacher and worked her way over to the library. She helps run the circulation desk, subs for storytime and programs, helps with the special events along with other things. She enjoys camping with her husband and going to his music venues.

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