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: Lockport Branch

How long have you worked for White Oak Library? I have worked in my current position since September 2018, however I have previously worked at the Romeoville Branch and in the Adult Services Department at the Lockport Branch.

 

What is your favorite children's book? This is such a tough question! I love the Mother Bruce picturebooks by Ryan T. Higgins, The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and the graphic novel Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

What is your favorite thing about working at the 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 is your favorite food? I could eat a cheeseburger and French fries every day for dinner.

What is your favorite color? I love the colors Pink and Navy Blue.

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

Do you have any hobbies? Besides reading, I like to run, ride my horses, and watch a lot of sports.

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 children’s librarian.

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. Jessica Smith

Branch: Romeoville Branch

How long have you worked for the White Oak Library District? I have worked with the district since August 2017. I started in Adult Services and moved into Children’s last year May.

What is your favorite children's book? It is hard to pick just one children’s book as my favorite but I would say that my top three are, In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories, Hey, Little Ant and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? I would say my favorite thing about working at the library is that I get to work with children and books every day! Some of the obvious benefits are that I get to recommend books to children and parents as well as being able to read them to the kids that come in for storytimes and such.

What is your favorite food? My favorite food would have to be tacos! I love almost all types of foods but I could eat tacos all the time!

What is your favorite color? My favorite color is light blue but I like just about any color.

Do you have any pets? I useD to have a cat, a dog, two birds, and two fish but since my daughter is allergic we now only have one fish.

Do you have any hobbies? I have a long list of hobbies but my main ones would be reading, baking, gaming and crafting.

What is one cool fact about you? One cool fact about me is that I love to bake/cook. In high school I competed around the state in culinary competitions and before ever attending college I had planned to go to culinary school but at the last min changed my mind. Now the baking and cooking is something that is just done in my spare time.

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 Branch

How long have you worked for the White Oak Library District? I started August 26, 2016

What is your favorite children's book? Percy Jackson & the Olympian series by Rick Riordan and We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

What is your favorite thing about working at the Library? I LOVE storytime! It's so much fun singing songs with the children and hearing what they have to say about this week's stories. They're so fun to work with!

What is your favorite food? Pizza is my favorite! But pierogi is a high second!

What is your favorite color? I love a lot of colors, but purple, green, pink, and red are colors I gravitate to a LOT. Especially with polka dots.

Do you have any pets? I do! His name is Jeffrey and he's a Lhasa Apso. He has a huge personality for such a little guy!

Do you have any hobbies? Reading and writing take up a lot of my free time. But I also love to shop and color.

What is one cool fact about you? I lived in England for 6 months and traveled to Ireland, Italy, and Poland while over seas!

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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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