Children's Staff

Meet Ms. Jane

Name: Ms. Jane

Branch: Lockport

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? I have been with the Library since 1983.

What is your favorite children’s book? The Library by Sarah Stewart / illustrated by David Small.

Do you have any pets? I once had a cat named Gizmo (like in the movie Gremlins).

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? Doing all kinds of programs for the children and their parents.

What’s your favorite food? Fried chicken and a big baked potato.

What’s your favorite color? Blue (for University of Kentucky Wildcats).

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy reading, crocheting and traveling to Branson, MO.

What is one cool fact about you? I like to entertain people with funny stories.

Meet Ms. Jaci

Name: Ms. Jaci

Branch: Romeoville

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? Since June 2015. I used to work at the Lockport Branch in the Adult Services Department. I became in Children’s librarian at the Romeoville Branch in January 2017.

What is your favorite children’s book? Growing up I loved the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Right now my favorite picture book is Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion, Joyce Wan.

Do you have any pets? I’ve had all sort of pets growing up. Currently I have two dog, Duke and Dahlia, two horses, Coke and Jade, and one turtle, Turtie!

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? I love connecting kids to the perfect book for them! I also love seeing all the wonderful new books coming into the library.

What’s your favorite food? Goldfish crackers! I always have them in my lunch bag.

What’s your favorite color? Navy blue.

Do you have any hobbies? I love riding my horses, crafting, and running.

What is one cool fact about you? Before becoming a librarian, I worked at a newspaper as a reporter. I used to write stories on a bunch of different events. While writing stories everyday was fun, I love being a librarian and working with kids.

Meet Ms. Brittany

Name: Ms. Brittany

Branch: Crest Hill

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? I have been with the Library since October 2015

What is your favorite children’s book? I think I’ve read Charlotte’s Wed by E.B. White hundreds of times. I also love Matilda by Roald Dahl and The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Do you have any pets?
The cutest little dog, Eleanor Rigby Roosevelt.

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? I love being surrounded by my favorite things: books, crafts, and technology.

What’s your favorite food? I love Mexican food and pizza.

What’s your favorite color? Gold glitter.

Do you have any hobbies? I go to a lot of Cubs games, I run a lot, and I love to read (of course)!

What is one cool fact about you? I have run four marathons, and I am training for number five!

Meet Ms. Elizabeth

Name: Ms. Elizabeth

Branch: Crest Hill

How long have you worked for White Oak Library?: Since September 2014!

What is your favorite children's book? Right now my favorite is Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin.

Do you have any pets? I have a big dog and a little dog.

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? I get to see all the new books first!

What's your favorite food? I really like pie-lots of different kinds to choose from!

What's your favorite color? I love all shades of blue!

Do you have any hobbies? Besides reading, I like baking and hiking.

What is one cool fact about you? I can speak a little Spanish, French, and Italian.

Meet Ms. Jacki

Name: Ms. Jackie

Branch: Romeoville

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? Since August 2015

What is your favorite children’s book? "Can You Make A Scary Face" by Jan Thomas

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? My parents have two dogs I dog sit for, Rosie a yellow lab and Max a Boston Terrier

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? Helping kids find just the right book that sparks their love of reading.

What’s your favorite food? Red Velvet Cake

What’s your favorite color? Purple

Do you have any hobbies? Embroidery and writing short stories

What is one cool fact about you? I met the actor John Barrowman from Doctor Who

Meet Ms. Cathy

Name: Ms. Cathy

Branch: Lockport

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? Since July 2011

What is your favorite children’s book? War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and Dewey the Library Cat by Vicky Myron

Do you have any pets? Yes, three cats, Hazel (mom), Orange (son) and Grey (son). They are frisky, loveable, and love catnip!

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? Assisting the children in finding books they will enjoy reading.

What’s your favorite food? (Hard one) Mexican food

What’s your favorite color? Red

Do you have any hobbies? I like to work in my garden, and going shopping and having lunch with my friends, and, of course, reading.

What is one cool fact about you? I enjoy the outdoors – fairs, flea markets, picnics, etc.

Meet Ms. Lorri

Name: Ms. Lorri

Branch: Romeoville

How long have you worked for White Oak Library?Since November 2005

What is your favorite children’s book? Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind? A mixed-breed dog named Sherman and a rabbit named Speedy.

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? Seeing the patrons every day, both the ones I’ve just met and the ones I’ve known for a long time.

What’s your favorite food? Home-made potato salad

What’s your favorite color? Red

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy visiting museums and anything to do with trains.

What is one cool fact about you? I once worked for Amtrak passenger train service.

Meet Ms. Terri

Name: Ms. Terri

Branch: Crest Hill

How long have you worked for the White Oak Library District? I have worked at the Crest Hill Branch since September 2016.

What is your favorite children;s book? It's so hard to choose, but these are a few of my favorites: The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall.

Do you have any pets? I have a little dog named Tigger.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? I love being surrounded by books and helping patrons find their perfect book.

What is your favorite food? I'm from a large Polish family, so anything Polish tastes like home. And pizza, always pizza.

What is your favorite color? My favorite colors are blue, green, purple, and red.

Do you have any hobbies? I read a lot in my free time, and write, but I also love exploring museums and shopping for antiques.

What is one cool fact about you? I am in the midst of writing my own book.

Meet Ms. Sue

Name: Ms. Sue

Branch: Lockport Branch

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? I have been with this library since September, 2015

What is your favorite children’s book? Just one? (I can’t choose just one, but I love Matilda by Roald Dahl, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, and any book that stars a dog.) I really like true books, too!

Do you have any pets? I have a really sweet dog named Shadow. We adopted each other at a Shelter!  The shelter didn’t know his real name… but Shadow told me what his name was the first time we took a walk together– ask me how he did that!

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? Helping kids find great books, would be first… then helping kids learn to use our catalog  and our website to find great things and great information!

What’s your favorite food? Definitely really great, sweet, juicy fruits – like Mangoes… Yummmm!

What’s your favorite color? Yellow! Seeing yellow always makes me feel extra-cheery –especially on a dreary weather day!

Do you have any hobbies? I love, hiking, exploring on my bike, & cross country skiing in the woods with Shadow. We like to be outside no matter what the weather! But, when I’m inside, I am a reader!

What is one cool fact about you? I LOVE science… and learning something new every day!

Meet Ms. Ellen

Name: Ms. Ellen

Branch: I float to all three libraries: Crest Hill, Lockport, and Romeoville.

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? Since July 2015

What is your favorite children’s book? One of my favorite books is by Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go! I also love Fancy Nancy books.

Do you have any pets? No, but I have babysat for several dogs and a cat.

What is your favorite thing about working at a library? My favorite thing about working at the library is the children. I love to see children enjoying reading and learning new things through the books they read.

What’s your favorite food? Pizza and ice cream.

What’s your favorite color? Light blue

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy yoga, pilates, taking week-end trips with my husband and spending time with family. I also love to read.

What is one cool fact about you? I used to drive a Bookmobile, and actually went to truck driving school, but now, I love being in the Children's libraries.
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