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Some of Mrs. Dunbar's favorite things are gardening, reading, animals, going to Florida, and her new granddaughter.
Today her favorite reads usually focus on adventure, survival, mystery and espionage. In her youth, she read everything she could get her hands on about horses as she was horse crazy. She tried to get her mother to purchase the field behind their house so she could have her own horse! She could not understand why her mother said no. She's never owned a horse but she still enjoy seeing them but she now understand that they are expensive and take a lot of hard work to maintain. Cats and dogs are easier. She and her husband currently have a cat named Mister Charles P. Cotton.
She considers herself very lucky to live in an area that offers free county–wide library service. She grew up in an area with township libraries. She could not get a library card at the largest library in her county without paying for it because she did not live in the right township. Her mother could not afford that extra. Her mother would drop her off at the library on Saturdays and she would stay all day to do homework and pleasure reading. Most of the books she read came from her school library but it was not open during the summer months.
She's worked at the Vigo County Public Library for nearly 23 years. She started at the Meadows Branch in 1980 but left when her son was born. She returned to the VCPL nine years later and has been here since then. In 1990 she was a "floater". If someone had to be on leave for any length of time, she would fill in while they were gone. She worked in three of the four branches and the Young People's Department until she became full time in 1993. She has been in the Young People's Department since then.
Carolyn Clark is glad to work with children and youth in the Young People’s Department at the Vigo County Public Library. Finding materials for patrons is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys learning from and reading to preschoolers at Storytime. Mrs. Clark’s most exciting teen program focused on making items from duct tape. It was a sticky endeavor! The first chapter book Mrs. Clark read all by herself was The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne.
Miss Holly is the Young People’s Librarian. She earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education from HCC in Bel Air, MD, in 2005. She graduated from IU with a BGS in 2007, and earned her Master’s in Library Science from IU in 2010. She keeps everyone up to date about YP happenings on the libraries web and facebook pages. She loves to create flannel board stories and craft activities for her preschool storytime group. Her favorite books include Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series, Ellen Hopkins’ Burned and Tricks and Anna Dewdneys Llama Llama Red Pajama. She also enjoys reading nonfiction, especially military history and social science topics. Miss Holly loves animals of any kind…she even has a pet snake!
Laraine has a cat, but the cat thinks she has Laraine. The cat’s name is Boo Boo Kitty, but Laraine has considered changing the cat’s name to Ms. Grumpy Lump. When Laraine isn’t being ordered around by her cat, she is hanging out at the local community theater. She’s a regular volunteer backstage and has even been seen on stage in a chorus or two. If you catch her reading, it’s probably a mystery, sci-fi/fantasy or poetry. Her favorite authors include Clive Cussler, Lloyd Alexander, Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters. Laraine has four sisters, one brother and never enough time.
Miss Alicia was born and raised in Terre Haute. She graduated Indiana State University in 2000 with a degree in Elementary Education. She has worked as an Elementary School Teacher, and as an Indiana First Steps Developmental Specialist . Reading books has always been a favorite activity for her especially when teaching and working with children. Her favorite children’s books are a mixture of ones she read when she was little, and ones she likes to read to children now. She loves many of the books written by Eric Carle. She also enjoys Dr. Seuss, Junie B. Jones, and Amelia Bedelia books. When she is not reading books, she enjoys being outdoors, and spending time with her 8 nieces and nephews.
Hillary is the newest addition to the Young People’s department at the VCPL. An Illinois native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education at Eastern Illinois University. She worked at an after-school program in Robinson, Illinois for almost nine years while she substituted and worked as an RTI Specialist during the school day. She just moved to Terre Haute, where she lives with her boyfriend Tom and their bossy dog, Carly Jo.
Hillary decided that she wanted to be a librarian when she was very young. She attended her hometown library’s summer reading programs and never looked back! Her favorite books growing up were Fox in Socks, A View from Saturday, The Trumpet of the Swan, Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, and Artemis Fowl. Nowadays, you’ll almost always find her reading sci-fi, fantasy, and thrillers.
Cindy is the Young People’s School Liaison Program Librarian. She's loved and used libraries since she was a little child and her grandpa walked her to the branch near his home in Indianapolis. She graduated from IU with a major in Elementary Education in 1971. She taught kindergarten then moved back to Bloomington and worked as a secretary at IU for five years. After she moved to Terre Haute in 1977, she stayed home with her son and did day care, then worked for Title I and taught preschool for several years. She came to Vigo County Public Library on August 15, 1988. She did children’s programming at Plaza North Branch for almost 12 years, then came to the Young People’s Department in January 2000. The next year she returned to school and earned her Master’s in Library Science in 2005.
She enjoys reading mysteries and watching crime shows and comedies on TV. She has two grown children (her daughter literally grew up at VCPL!). Her son lives here and has three daughters ages 9-16. Her daughter also graduated from IU and now lives in Washington DC. She loves cats and has six at home!
Barbara enjoys working in the Young Peoples Department. She’s excited about the chance to do some artwork, such as window decorations, depicting the changing seasons, holidays and especially for the summer program. You will find her somewhere in the room, asking "May I help you?"
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