People and Happenings

Did you receive a promotion recently? Has your library system hired new staff? Is your building undergoing a renovation? Are you adding a new location? VLA wants to know!

As an initiative of the Ad Hoc Website Content Committee, we are creating  a “People & Happenings” page so that we will be better informed about job changes that our colleagues  are making, new additions to the staff of libraries in Virginia and other major events in all types of libraries throughout the state.

We plan to post monthly updates, so please send us your news by the 15th of the month prior to the month you would like your information to be published. Please keep your news items brief and please do include any relevant photographs, such as headshots for people and in-progress shots of renovations and new buildings. Please send your items to Elizabeth Hensley at ehensley@pwcgov.org.

People & Happenings Archive


Aug./Sept. 2016 May/June/July 2016 March/April 2016 Jan./Feb. 2016
Dec. 2015  Oct./Nov. 2015   Sept. 2015 Aug. 2015 
July 2015  June 2015 

 

August/September 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
After a 31-year career, LYNDA BAER retired from her adult programmer position on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, which also happened to be her birthday. She also steps down after serving 4 years as president of the Friends of Chatham, a non-profit that she started in conjunction with the National Park Service to support historic Chatham Manor in Stafford County. She will continue to volunteer with Chatham and also has plans to start a Unit for Professional Parliamentarians in the Fredericksburg area. With her continued activities in the Daughters of the American Revolution and visits to see her daughter in Brooklyn, New York, Lynda will have fulfilling retirement.

Chesapeake Public Library
The Chesapeake Public Library is thrilled to introduce DEBBIE COUCH, our first Training Specialist. Ms. Couch has worked in all areas of front line public library service and has a training background with the federal government.
Chesapeake Public Library’s new Public Information Coordinator, KATIE WALTON is an innovative and motivated team player with a habit of talking up libraries. Ms. Walton has worked in both high school and university libraries, but is most excited to serve her community at the Chesapeake Public Library where she has worked since 2005. Ms. Walton officially started as the Public Information Coordinator on August 1, 2016.
South Norfolk Memorial Library’s new manager VIVIAN WASHINGTON is one of Chesapeake Public Library’s shining stars. Ms. Washington started her career in the Chesapeake Public Library managing Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library. She briefly served as manager of Major Hillard Library. In August of 2016, Ms. Washington moved to the South Norfolk Memorial Library where she will play a pivotal role in managing the library in a joint use, public/private facility.
SHARON WILSON is now the Outreach Coordinator for the Chesapeake Public Library. Ms. Wilson has been employed with the Chesapeake Public Library since October 1, 1979 where she began as a library assistant I in the children’s department. Ms. Wilson was a participant in the CETA government program. Advancing up to Library Information Specialist she has served as acting manager at the South Norfolk Memorial Library, department head at the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library. She has been tapped to lead the Outreach Services team, heading up the Mobile Edition, coordinating staff, programs and community events to reach out to those unable to visit the library.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
ANGELA CRITICS has been selected as the new Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Children’s Services Manager. Angela has a Master’s in Art History from the University of Delaware and an MLS from Drexel University. She has been with JMRL since August 2013. Prior to JMRL, she worked at Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Youth Services and Collection Development and in Children’s Services at the US Army facility in Brussels. Angela is very active in the Virginia Library Association, presenting at statewide conferences, and has recently become the Vice Chair/Chair Elect for the VLA Youth Services Forum. As the JMRL Children’s Services Manager, Angela will be responsible for leading JMRL children’s services regionally including community and school partnerships, collection development and regional children’s programming.

Powhatan County Public Library
WHITNEY M. BERRIMAN has joined the Powhatan County Public Library as Librarian. Prior to joining PCPL, Berriman managed the Montpelier & Cochrane Rockville branches of Pamunkey Regional Library. She also served as Staff Training Coordinator for Henrico County Public Library. She has a Master’s in Library Science and Information Technology from Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College.

Suffolk Public Library
AMY BRUNSON is SPL’s new Outreach Librarian as of August 16, 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Arkansas Tech University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Tennessee. Until now, her favorite job was being a bookmobile clerk and driver for her local public library as well as interning in the Young Adult department.
MADELYN KRESINSKE is SPL’s new Elementary Services Supervisor as of August 15, 2016. She worked for Virginia Beach Public Libraries as a programmer, was a School Library Media Specialist at Creekside Elementary School, and started her love of library land at North Suffolk Library in 2013-2014. Madelyn received her BA in Art History from Old Dominion University in 2013, and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University in 2015.
KAREN NELSON is SPL’s new Collection Strategy Supervisor as of August 16, 2016. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She began working at Portsmouth Public Library as a Library Assistant then moved into a position as a Librarian I Assistant Branch Manager after completing her MLIS.

Happenings

Chesapeake Public Library
Free Comic Book Day
The Chesapeake Public Library celebrated the amazing world of comic books on May 7, 2016 during International Free Comic Book Day. Over 600 comic book lovers visited the Indian River Library where they received free comic books and participated in contests and activities.
Lucky Day Collection In spring 2016, a new collection hopped onto the shelves when the Chesapeake Public Library introduced the Lucky Day Collection. This special collection of items allows customers to skip the wait list and locate high-interest materials on the shelves and encourage high interest browsing for visitors. The pilot program started at the Central Library and already area libraries are vying for a chance to capture a little luck of their own. Expansion of the Lucky Day Collection is currently being evaluated and may be implemented in the coming year.

In Memoriam

DAVID ROWLAND, who was involved in opening three Virginia public libraries, and was a leader in early library promotional efforts, died July 17, 2016, at the age of 86. His first position was with the Hadley Library in Winchester. In 1965, he was hired by the then State Library of Virginia to open the Lynchburg Public Library, under the State's Library Demonstration Program. While in Lynchburg, concurrently, he briefly directed the Campbell County Public Library, which was also in its infancy as a Demonstration Library. In 1967, he was hired by the County of Henrico to develop their public library, also with Demonstration Library funding, but as an employee of the county, not the state. While with Henrico, he and Fred Glazer, then director of the Chesapeake Public Library, and later State Librarian of West Virginia for many years, started a VLA committee to offer promotional materials for public libraries. Seeing the commercial potential of this, Dave left the Henrico Public Library 1971 to direct the Hagerstown Maryland Public Library and start his own promotions company, UPSTART, which is now owned by Highsmith. He was a true visionary.


May/June/July 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
As of July 1, REBECCA PURDY has been promoted to Deputy Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). Rebecca began shelving books in CRRL’s children’s room while she was a sophomore in high school and returned as a teen librarian after earning her Master of Library Science. She most recently held the position of Youth Services Coordinator at CRRL. Rebecca is a member of VLA and ALA, serving on multiple committees for both organizations through the years, and she has recently been selected to attend the 2016 ALA Leadership Institute.

 

Fairfax County Public Library
Effective Monday, June 13, the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees appointed JESSICA A. HUDSON the director of the Fairfax County Public Library. She succeeds Edwin “Sam” Clay III who retired March 22. Hudson was most recently the county librarian for the Contra Costa County Library in Pleasant Hill, California, where she oversaw 26 public libraries with a budget of $28 million annually and staff of 350. From December 2011 to April 2014, she was the county librarian for the Nevada County Library in Nevada City, California. Prior to that position, she was the county librarian for Tehama County Library in Red Bluff, California. Hudson began her library career as a library aide in 2001. She moved up as a library assistant and branch manager before becoming a county librarian in January 2011. Hudson has a Master’s in Library Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

 

Library of Virginia
TOM RAY, long-time Collection Management Coordinator at the Library of Virginia (LVA) retired June 30, 2016 after 22 years with the Library. Tom joined the staff of the Library as a cataloger for the Virginia Newspaper Project. As Collection Management Coordinator, Tom is probably best known to public librarians around the state for promoting the Library’s extensive cookbook collection, and for his outreach projects to public libraries with the LVA Scanning Team. Tom was not afraid to get dirty looking for books for the Library’s collections, visiting the basements and attics of donors and prowling thrift stores for cookbooks and ephemera. In retirement, Tom has lined up a part-time position as a “curator” for a local thrift store.

 

Pittsylvania County Public Library
LISA TUITE has been hired as the new director of the Pittsylvania County Public Library. She succeeds Diane Adkins, who retired on March 1 after almost 16 years with the system. Tuite, pronounced toot, will be a familiar face to library patrons, having worked for the system since 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a Master’s from Georgetown University in National Security Studies and a recently acquired Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama.

 

Suffolk Public Library
JENNIFER BROWN became the Youth and Family Services Manager on February 16. She previously worked as a children’s programmer and as a Youth and Family Services Librarian at Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL). Jennifer is currently in her fourth year of working on her PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from Old Dominion University as part of her efforts to create more effective and efficient programming in libraries, enhance training, and make libraries more effective by promoting themselves through outcome-based data. She has a BA in History and a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University (ODU). She earned her Master of Library Science from Syracuse University. She also works as an Adjunct Instructor at ODU and serves as the graduate student representative to the Occupational Training and Performance division of the Association for Education, Communication and Technology.
SHERRY HUNT joined the Suffolk Public Library (SPL) on May 1 in the position of Senior Administrative Analyst. In her previous position in the City of Suffolk’s Finance Department, she coordinated the grant process for the entire City. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University.
MELISSA KARIGER is now Early Childhood Services Supervisor. She will be working with the Youth & Family Services Manager to expand events, classes, and services for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Melissa has been with SPL for a little over two years.
ARDITH OHKA is now Teen Services Supervisor. She will help develop a system-wide vision for teen services in Suffolk, expanding events, classes, and services for teenagers. Ardith has been with the SPL for about eight months.
LIZ STEYER became SPL’s new Technology and Content Strategy Manager on November 2. She has worked in public libraries for over eleven years, most recently as the Digital Services Librarian for the Chesapeake Public Library. She started her passion for libraries at the Rochester Hills Public Library in Rochester, Michigan before heading off to library school at Wayne State University. After graduating with her Masters in Library and Information Science, she began working for the Chesapeake Public Library in various positions. In her role as Digital Services Librarian, she managed the library’s social media accounts, oversaw the website committee, and trained the public and staff on the various digital service offerings.
On February 1, ANGELA SUMNER became the new Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator at SPL. She most recently coordinated the social media efforts and administrative areas for Embassy Suites in Hampton. She led community involvement activities as a leader in the hotel’s Make-A-Difference Committee, which strives to make a difference in the lives of guests, hotel associates, and members of the community. She also worked closely with the corporate office at John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts on various projects and marketing initiatives. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a concentration in Graphic Design.

Happenings

Prince William Public Library

On April 19, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) voted to create a Request for Proposal (RFP) for outsourcing the management of library services to Library Systems and Services. On May 10, the Friends of Montclair Community Library (FMCL) held an open meeting with Supervisor Maureen Caddigan to discuss the ramifications of privatizing library services with the community at large. Several articles were written in various local newspapers. FMCL launched a Change.org petition asking for members of the community to sign it if they were opposed to privatization. They also encouraged citizens throughout the county to write to their representatives on the BOCS to express their concerns and to speak at the meeting where the BOCS would discuss whether or not to send out the RFP. Many library staff members and members of the community spoke against outsourcing library services and commented on what a valuable resource the library is. On June 21, the BOCS voted 7-1 not to move forward with the RFP.

In Memoriam

Fairfax County Public Library

ELIZABETH “BETH” RHODES, Collections Manager for Fairfax County Public Library (FCL), passed away unexpectedly on May 16 of natural causes. She graduated from Robinson High School in Fairfax County, earned a bachelor’s degree from Radford University, and received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Catholic University. Inspired by her great love of literature, she immediately went to work as a librarian in the Fairfax County library system. She held numerous positions around the system, finally serving as manager of FCL's extensive collection of print and digital media. She loved her work at the library over the years, but her family believes she felt the most joy in her work as a children's librarian. During her varied library career, Beth showed a remarkable ability to retain in memory the names and reading preferences of her many patrons. She took great pride and joy in serving the needs of library users.

March/April 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
CRAIG GRAZIANO has been appointed as Youth Services Manager of the England Run Branch. He has worked at the CRRL since 2002 when he started as a Page. For the past 5 years he has been working as a Young Adult Librarian at England Run. Craig has developed strong relationships in the Fredericksburg arts community and enjoys bringing in artists for chalk murals and musicians for teen library events. He has also been actively involved in the England Run MakerLab and planning STEM activities for children. As an undergraduate he was an English major and received his BA from the University of Mary Washington. He earned his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Graziano
Chesterfield County Public Library
LESLIE JOHNSON joined Chesterfield County Public Library as the Assistant Branch Manager at the Bon Air Library. Leslie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Roanoke College in Salem. She worked as an editor for a publisher in Nashville before earning her Master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. Leslie was an elementary school Library Media Specialist in Cambridge, MD, and Youth Services Librarian at the Rehoboth Beach (DE) Public Library. Leslie then relocated to be nearer to her family in Williamsburg. In 2014, she began working as the Children’s and Teen Librarian at the Petersburg Public Library. She is passionate about helping incite people’s love of reading and learning, no matter their age Johnson
ANGELA BENNETT was promoted from Assistant Branch Manager to Branch Manager of the Ettrick- Matoaca and Enon Libraries of Chesterfield County Public Library. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Human Services and Management. Angela earned her MLIS from North Carolina Central University after receiving a full scholarship from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. While at NCCU, she spent a month studying at the Royal Library School in Denmark. She has spent time working in libraries in Petersburg and Norfolk, as well as Chesterfield. Bennett
Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary
The James City County Board of Supervisors has appointed KIM SIMS, William & Mary’s university archivist, to the James City County Historical Commission. The commission is responsible for documenting, preserving and promoting the historical heritage of James City County. Sims
Eastern Shore Public Library
The Board of Trustees of the Eastern Shore Public Library has appointed CARA JANE BURTON as the library’s new director. Burton, a native of Nassawadox whose family has deep roots on the Eastern Shore, was educated at the College of William and Mary and at Syracuse University where she received a master’s degree in library and information science. For thirteen years she served as director of the Solvay Public Library in upstate New York. Most recently, she was executive director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia. “Cara Burton has extensive experience in library administration, fund raising, and fostering partnerships,” said Colette Nelson, chair of the Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees. “We are excited by her appointment as director and by the prospect of a new library in Parksley. We feel as if a new era in the library’s history is beginning.” Burton assumed the directorship on January 19, 2016. Burton

Happenings

Campbell County Public Library
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On January 9th, the Campbell County Public Library System opened the long awaited new building for their Timbrook branch. The community had waited decades for a building of their very own to accommodate their growing needs. The former location, a storefront in a shopping center, served an average of 300 people a day in just over 4,000 square feet. The new building is 6,000 square feet with additional room in the basement for future use. Funding for construction came from the county, a HUD grant, and public and corporate donations. This new facility boasts 3 meeting rooms of various sizes, a children’s room, and a quiet room in addition to the beautiful main space.
Chesterfield County Public Library
The Midlothian Library presented FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN WORD in November. The Midlothian Library has the highest circulation of any library in the system and is truly a community of readers. This event was specifically designed to meet their literary interests and needs. The Festival included panel discussions with local authors, a NaNoWriMo event, book related crafts for kids, and a presentation by Dean King, author of “The Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys.” FestivaloftheWrittenWord
Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University
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The Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University is now home to the LOWELL WINE CENTER FOR LEARNING EXCELLENCE (CLE). The new CLE is located on the first floor of the library and includes the Writing Center and the Quantitative Reasoning Center, which are staffed by peer tutors. The renovated space includes a large classroom, a modular tutoring space with whiteboards, and a seminar classroom in the back. Both the library and the CLE benefit from the new location. For the CLE, being in the library increases their visibility and our IT Librarian worked with the program directors to streamline their appointments and check-in system. For the library, the CLE brings more people into the building through tutoring appointments and use of the new classroom space. The CLE classroom is used by the Honors Program for their regular class sessions, our instruction librarians teach in there with Chromebooks, and faculty meetings are scheduled in the space. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Center for Learning Excellence.

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January/February 2016

People


Central Rappahannock Regional Library

MARTHA HUTZEL was named Library Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, effective January 1, 2016. She succeeds Director Donna Cote who held the position for 34 years. Martha has been with the CRRL for 27 years and has worked as a Reference Assistant, as Head of Circulation at Porter Memorial branch, and Branch Manager of Snow Memorial, Porter Memorial and England Run branches. Martha holds a BS in Public Administration from St. Francis University and an MLS from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is currently the President of the Virginia Library Association, a Public Library Association Leadership Academy Fellow, a past-President of North Stafford Rotary Club and currently serves on the Steering Committees for the UMW Leadership Colloquium and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce CNEW program. alt
JOY MCINTIRE has been appointed Branch Manager of the England Run Branch. She has worked at the CRRL since 2006, most recently as Youth Services Department Head at the branch she will now manage. She has also worked in Youth Services at both the Porter and Salem Church branches. At England Run, Joy has been instrumental in establishing and coordinating the operation of a MakerLab. Under her direction, the YS Department at England Run also hosted both the Discover Earth and the Discover Tech exhibits from the American Library Association and their partners. Before coming to the CRRL, she had worked as a Reference Librarian and Staff Development Specialist in Maryland’s Howard County Public Library system. She earned her MLS from the University of Maryland in 1995. alt
After twenty-eight years in the CRRL, CAROLINE PARR has retired as of December 31, 2015. Caroline most recently served as Interim Director, but she previously held positions as Deputy Director and Youth Services Coordinator. Caroline was not only an inspirational leader at the CRRL, but for the entire library community. She was on multiple Virginia Library Association (VLA) committees and served as VLA President in 1996. She served on the American Library Association’s Caldecott and Arbuthnot Award Committees and chaired both the Newbery and Sibert Award Committees. She was also a member for the Legislative Committee for the American Library Association (ALA) and in 2011 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award Committee member, by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of ALA. When a regional children’s book discussion group lost its organizational support, Caroline worked with other D.C. area librarians to create Capitol Choices, Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens. She served as co-editor and technology consultant for the organization for almost two decades. She plans to spend more time pursuing her passions: gardening, quilting, reading and travelling the world. alt


Chesterfield County Public Library

MINDY GIPSON recently joined the CCPL team as a librarian in our Collection Management Department. Prior to joining CCPL, she was an adult services librarian at the Williamsburg Regional Library.  Mindy’s interest in librarianship began in 2003 as a founding member of Library Friends in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (US Commonwealth) where she and her family lived until 2009. For the last six years, she has volunteered in the archives of the Special Collections Research Center of the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William & Mary. She obtained her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2012. alt
JESSICA HARSHBARGER has been promoted to library branch manager for the Midlothian Library.  In 2012, she joined the CCPL team as a librarian at the Clover Hill Library. Jessica was promoted to assistant branch manager in May of 2013.  In addition to the Clover Hill Library, Jessica has worked at the Bon Air Library, Community Services (during Bon Air's renovation), and most recently the Chester Library. At the Chester Library, Jessica has been instrumental in rolling out the CCPL Way and learning plans. Some of Jessica's other accomplishments at CCPL include leading the goLEAD Spring Break Teen Leadership Institute, organizing the mini-maker kits, and running the Comic-Con costume contest.  She received her BA from Mary Washington College in 2000 and her MLIS from Kent State University in 2010. alt


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

NEDA DEFIBAUGH joined Jefferson Madison Regional Library as the Young Adult Librarian of the Northside Library. Neda previously worked with Orange County Public Library in North Carolina and with the Information and Library Science Library at UNC at Chapel Hill. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia, and her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. alt


Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library

MONENA HALL joins the staff of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library as the branch manager of the Christiansburg Library. Her previous position was at Virginia Tech as a Community Engagement Librarian.  She has been at VT since 2012. Before that, she was with Dallas Public Library working in three different branches as a children’s librarian, teen librarian and assistant manager. She received her MLS in 2006 from the University of North Texas and has a BA in Performance Arts from UT Dallas. alt

In Memoriam

 

ELIZABETH “BETSEY” ELLIS, who worked in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Youth Services Department for nearly 18 years until her retirement, passed away on December 11, 2015. Betsey began working in the library as a substitute in the evenings after spending the day teaching 6th grade at nearby Gayle Middle School. Upon her retirement from the classroom, she began her second career, taking a permanent position with the library and presenting storytimes; a responsibility that she loved. She recently retired from the CRRL to spend more time with her grandchildren. Her family has generously requested that donations be made in her name to the library; those funds will be used to carry on her love of connecting children and books by adding to the CRRL’s juvenile collection. Betsey is survived by her three sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

 

Happenings

Chesterfield County Public Library

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Chesterfield County Public Library’s Clover Hill Library presented MURDER IN THE LIBRARY, a catered fundraiser for the Friends of the Clover Hill Library which sold out of tickets. The Central Virginia chapter of the Sisters in Crime, an organization that promotes and creates connections between women crime writers, wrote the script for the mystery. Library staff played the characters and suspects in the murder of Elsa Leadbottom, the meanest librarian in the whole world. The actors presented several scenes to establish motive and opportunity, while attendees looked for clues and questioned the actors. The event also included a panel discussion led by members of Sisters in Crime. The Sisters discussed the bones of a mystery story; the differences between means, motive, and opportunity; and who is actually responsible for choosing book cover images. To save space, attendees were divided into two groups: half watched the scenes while the other half attended the panel discussion, and then the groups switched places. At the end, everyone gathered together for the big reveal.


Suffolk Public Library

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Suffolk Public Library is pleased to announce a new initiative called #LIBRARYMADE2016.
#LIBRARYMADE2016 will focus on programming and services in the library that encourage creation and making. We hope to tie-in STEAM initiatives as well as bridge the technical and intellectual divide through the use of our own maker equipment and programming in addition to resources provided by our community partners. The goal is for Suffolk Public Library to be not only an information gathering place but also to foster a learning-through-doing environment. We hope to inspire creation and making throughout the city of Suffolk through partnerships and public art projects. Each month will focus on a different element of making. With the month of January featuring textiles, Suffolk Public Library has introduced Knitting and Crocheting Take & Make Kits. Each kit contains a crochet hook or knitting needles, a project book, a plastic yarn needle, a beginner’s how-to DVD, and yarn. The kits have the same check-out period as other library materials: 3 weeks and up to 3 renewals. We also have a Master Pom-Pom maker on-staff who can help you make your very own Pom-Pom bookmark. To kick off the month of February (crafting), Suffolk Public Library will host an African American History Month Craft Fair on Saturday, February 6 at North Suffolk Library. We’ve also partnered with Suffolk Art Gallery to offer several art classes for both children and adults at North Suffolk Library. Throughout the year, Suffolk Public Library will explore different maker trends. Visit www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com for more information.

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December 2015

People

Campbell County Public Library

MIKE BINGHAM, MLIS, has been promoted from Circulation Manager at our main library to Librarian at our branch library in Altavista, the Staunton River Memorial Library. His full-time librarian presence is significant in that it is the first time in the 50-year history of the CCPLS that a full-time librarian has been funded at that branch. Mike will be focused on refining the collection and programmatic calendar to best suit the community’s needs.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

CHRISTIE HOERNEMAN, Head of Adult Research at the England Run Library, has been honored by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce as one of the "Top 10 of the Next Gen." Each "Top 10 of the Next Gen" awards goes to a young professional who excels in the business environment, has a passion for community, and is innovative in his or her approach. Christie was key in presenting CRRL-Con, the Festival of Community Makers, and the innovative "Books and Beer" program at Adventure Brewing. hoerneman

Longwood University

After ten years at Longwood University's Greenwood Library, MARK LENKER has joined the staff at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as an Undergraduate Learning Librarian. Mark was a member of VLA and VLACRL, served as 2nd Vice President, as was the 2014 Conference Chair. lenker

Prince William Public Library

ELIZABETH 'KATI' BERGMAN is now the Youth Services Supervisor at the new Montclair Community Library which will open in January 2016 in Prince William County. She has worked in libraries for over seven years in both the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and Prince William Public Library systems. Bergman holds a BA in theatre, which she is grateful to have during every program she presents, and an MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is excited for the opening of the new Montclair branch where, with its raised ceilings, the sky is the limit. bergman
BARBARA FIRICH joins Montclair Community Library as the Circulation Supervisor. She began her career 20 years ago in Circulation before transferring to Materials Services. Gaining experience in Acquisitions, Serials, Physical Processing and Interlibrary Loan overa span of 14 years, she is pleased to be back in public service. Barbara has participated in various focus groups and committeees, most recently worling with a team on a new and engaging system-wide Customer Service training initiative. firich

Happenings

Campbell County Public Library

The Campbell County Public Library was closed to the public for two weeks while renovations occurred, with new paint, new carpet, and a new circulation desk in place. Self-check is also being installed. Further, the Friends of the Library will be dedicating our new patio and its furnishings after the re-opening. The hard work is well worth the improved customer service we will be able to offer. A “during” and “after” picture is below. Note the ugly pink carpet: the walls used to match.
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University of Arizona iSchool

KNOWLEDGE RIVER is now accepting applications for the 15th Cohort. The priority deadline for Cohort 15 is March 1, 2016. Knowledge River is an educational experience within the University of Arizona School of Information that focuses on educating information professionals who have experience with and are committed to Latino and Native American populations. Knowledge River also fosters understanding of library and information issues from the perspectives of Latino and Native Americans and advocates for culturally sensitive library and information services to these communities. Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Latino and Native American cultural issues. To date, over 170+ scholars have graduated from this program. To find out more about the program, please visit the website at http://si.arizona.edu/knowledge-river-0 to find out more about how to apply. knowledgeriver

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October/November 2015

People

Prince William Public Library

TRACY KALLASSY joins Prince William Public Library as the Adult Services Manager of the new Montclair Community Library which will open in a couple months. Tracy previously worked with Arlington Public Library and Loudoun County Public Library. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, and her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. kallassy
NANCY SCHLEH is now the Adult Services Manager at the new Haymarket Gainesville Community Library which opens on October 22 in Prince William County. She has worked with Prince William Public Library System since 2000, primarily in Youth Services, and most recently as Youth Services Supervisor at Bull Run Regional Library where she launched an American Girl doll lending program and was instrumental in implementing the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.” She came to northern Virginia from New Orleans where she was Head of the Children’s Department at the Eastbank Regional Library, and Branch Manager at the Rosedale and Belle Terre libraries in Jefferson Parish. Schleh holds a BA in history, and is especially excited about having the late eighteenth-century Bushy Park farm house included on the new library’s property where it will be a focus for sharing and connecting to the agrarian history of the western part of the county. schleh

Staunton Public Library

KAYLA PAYNE has been promoted to Youth Services Librarian at the Staunton Public Library. She has worked for the Library since December 2012, first as a Circulation Assistant and most recently as Assistant Reference Librarian. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from James Madison University and received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Kayla is a graduate of the 2014 Virginia Library Leadership Academy (VALLA) and has been recently appointed to the 2016 Jefferson Cup Committee. payne

Suffolk Public Library

MEGAN MULVEY started as the new Outreach and Program Services Manager on September 16. She comes from Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) where she worked as a Youth and Family Services Librarian, developing and implementing large-scale outreach services in the Kempsville area. She brings considerable programming experience from her time working in both the VBPL and Norfolk Public Library. She has a passion for outreach and reaching non-traditional users. mulvey
TERRI BOONE started as the new Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator on September 21. She brings over 11 years of professional marketing and community relations experience in the both the non-profit sector and private management industry, including the Downton Norfolk Council. In addition, she has worked with the City’s Division of Tourism since 2008. Terri earned her degree in marketing from Virginia Union University in 2002. She is a native Virginian. boone

Happenings

Chesterfield County Public Library

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Chesterfield County Public Library’s Enon Library hosted “Little House Day” on Saturday, September 26. This event was a celebration of all things related to Laura Ingalls Wilder and featured reenactors from The Frontier Museum of Virginia. Many families arrived in their finest frontier days’ attire. The Chesterfield Children’s Theatre created and performed a reenactment of a scene from one of the “Little House” books. Craft events allowed children to make toys similar to those created while Laura Ingalls Wilder was a child. Exhibits and interpreters included demonstrations of daily life and chores on the farm, a discussion with a midwife, classroom lessons from a schoolmarm, and did a little square dancing. One parent said “I think they get . . . a bit of an education about learning in school, without papers and pencils and computers; and getting a bit of appreciation of what life was like.”

Culpeper County Library

The Culpeper County Library has installed the first MediaSurfer in Virginia. The MediaSurfer, from Tech Logic, interfaces with the Library’s TLC ILS. The Library is very excited to offer the Media Surfer as we expect it to ease the lines waiting at the Internet terminals. The MediaSurfer pictured here holds 16 iPads. Patrons can simply scan their library cards and get access, provided their accounts are in good standing. Some apps are already downloaded. When patrons return the iPads, they are re-formatted to wipe out personal information. The MediaSurfer was purchased by the Friends of the Library. The Library allows up to 3 iPads per adult card to be checked out in the Library for up to 6 hours per iPad. The Library has wireless internet and wireless printing throughout the building. MediaSurfer

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September 2015

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

DONNA COTE has announced her retirement on September 11, 2015, after thirty-four years as the Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). She previously held positions at the CRRL as the Library Secretary, Reference Librarian and Assistant Director. In 2008, she served as president of the Virginia Library Association. During the course of her tenure, Cote spearheaded many initiatives and cemented vital community partnerships that have seen the CRRL firmly established as a core component of the educational and cultural infrastructure of the region. Building projects across the system have included the renovation of the Headquarters; the building of the Porter, Salem Church, England Run, Montross and Newton libraries; and the establishment of the Cooper and Snow Libraries in renovated and expanded spaces. Under Cote’s leadership, the library has been positioned as a resource for lifelong learning, a destination for artistic enrichment, and a welcoming community meeting center. alt

Hampden-Sydney College, Bortz Library

MARYŚKA CONNOLLY-BROWN joined the Bortz Library faculty at Hampden-Sydney College on June 1, 2015 as the new Technical Services Librarian. Maryśka came to Virginia from Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, where she held the position of Serials Resources Librarian. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Augusta State University and an MLIS from Valdosta State University. She currently serves on the NASIG Awards and Recognition Committee and the SELA Intellectual Freedom Committee. She’s settling into the Farmville community and looking forward to working with her colleagues to serve the faculty and students of HSC. alt

Henrico County Public Library

Henrico County Public Library is pleased to announce that ALEXANDRA (“ALEX”) HAMBY has joined the staff as the new Collection Management Coordinator. Alex brings both public service and collections’ experience to her new position, having started her library career in Henrico County in 2008 where she received an “Excellence in Public Service” award in 2009. After working at several branches in various capacities in Henrico County, Alex joined the neighboring Chesterfield County Public Library system as a Materials Selector, gaining valuable experience in collections and acquisitions. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MLS from the University of South Carolina. alt
RICK SAMUELSON joined the Henrico County Public Library as the new Youth Services Coordinator in the spring. Rick came from the Portland, Oregon area’s Washington County Library Cooperative where he served as Youth Services Libraria n and Youth Services Committee facilitator since 2009. Rick’s responsibilities included developing programming and administering Early Literacy grants and the system-wide Summer Reading program. Rick served on the Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee of the Washington County Commission on Children and Families, as the State Chair for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and as the Chair of the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon State Library Association. He is an active member of ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Rick has worked for the St. Helens Public Library in Youth Services and for the Boise, Idaho Public Library in Outreach and Bookmobile Services. Rick has a BA from Boise State University and an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. alt

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

JOHN BURNS joined the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library staff as an Internet Specialist in August. In July, he returned from a deployment with the District of Columbia National Guard, where he was his company’s help desk Specialist. While deployed, he studied and received his CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certificates. He has a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University and a certificate in Information Technology from George Mason University. He is currently learning to channel his creativity from culinary experience to web design and development. alt

Newport News Public Library System

ANITA JENNINGS, manager of the Pearl Bailey Library in the Newport News Public Library System, has been promoted to the position of Library Administrator for the Newport News Public Library System. Anita has been with the Library System for over 10 years and brings with her a strong background in community engagement and support of youth programs. alt

Happenings

Newport News Public Library System

Students from Christopher Newport University’s Captains’ Educational Enrichment (CEE) Fund will be facilitating a series of courses about financial literacy at Newport News Public Libraries starting this month and ending with a finale in April of 2016. There will be a program kick-off and then six additional courses: Money Basics, Budgeting Basics, College Readiness, Wheels and Housing for College, Fundamentals of Investing, and Introduction to Entrepreneurship. The program will kick-off at Main Street Library on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. and will feature special guest Dr. William Donaldson, director of CNU Small Business Institute. The program is targeted to teens and their parents, but all are welcome to attend. More information about the program is available at www.nnpls.libguides.com/money.

Slover Library

The Norfolk NATO Festival recently donated the contents of its archives to Slover Library’s Sargeant Memorial Collection, the repository of Hampton Roads’ history. The collection includes posters, martini glasses, tiaras, sashes, photographs, portraits of queens and much, much more. “We know there is even more material that should be part of this collection out in the community,” said Eddie Woodward, archives coordinator for the Sargeant Memorial Collection. “We are asking everyone in the community, and frankly around the world, to share old photos, letters or memorabilia with us so we may protect it and preserve it.” To inquire about donating your Azalea Festival mementoes, please email localhistory@norfolk.gov or call 757-431-7429. Slover Library will add to the collection and is planning how to showcase the materials in Norfolk. For more information on the Sargeant Memorial Collection, visit sloverlibrary.com.


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August 2015

People

James Madison University, Libraries and Educational Technologies

Dr. ADAM MURRAY joined James Madison University as the new Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies on July 1, 2015. Dr. Murray previously served as Dean of University Libraries at Murray State University. Dr. Murray earned his BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Sociology, from University of North Carolina at Wilmington, his MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his Ed.D. in Postsecondary Education Leadership from Western Kentucky University. He has also been elected to serve on the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Steering Committee as the representative for the VIVA 4-year colleges and Richard Bland College. murray

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has hired a new children’s librarian for the Northside Library. COREY BAUER finished out the school year as the librarian and technology specialist at St. George's Independent School in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to her years at St. George's, Corey served for six years as a children's librarian at the Germantown Community Library in Germantown, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and her MLIS from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She looks forward to getting to know her new community and working with the youth services team to implement the new Makerspace with a 3D printer. bauer

Radford University, McConnell Library

EMILY HESS began working as the new Serials Acquisitions Specialist in April. She is a graduate of VCU. Previously, she worked at Blue Ridge Community College as the Evening Library Assistant. She held internships at the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Historical Society. hess
ZACH PAMPEL has been the new Web Services Developer since April. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech. Previously, he worked at VTLS doing web development for libraries worldwide. pampel
ROBIN HARDEE began work in June as the Processing & Migration Assistant in Collection & Technical Services. Her previous work experience includes office management and administrative support. hardee

Roanoke College, Fintel Library

ELIZABETH G. MCCLENNEY has joined the Fintel Library staff of Roanoke College as its new library director. Elizabeth was most recently at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. Elizabeth has also worked at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, and the College of William & Mary. mcclenney

Virtual Library of Virginia

Effective August 17, 2015, GENYA O’GARA will be the Associate Director for the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). She was most recently the Director of Collections at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ogara

Happenings

Prince William Public Library

On Saturday, July 18, Prince William Public Library held its first-ever Job Fair from 10 am-1 pm. The Job Fair was created to help us fill openings at our two new locations: Haymarket Gainesville Community Library and Montclair Community Library in addition to some of our regular vacancies. Both new branches are scheduled to open this fall. Despite the heavy rain, we had a line of people waiting for the doors to open. The line only continued to grow during the next hour, but the event was so well organized that people were quickly registered by our County’s Human Resources staff. We had 279 applicants come in to speak with library supervisors. 420 applications were received, indicating that many of the applicants applied for more than one position. We consider it a huge success as we now interview dozens of applicants who attended the fair. We would like give special recognition to our library’s Human Resources Manager, Dianne Walker, for all of her time and effort in planning and developing this event. Her excellent organizational skills and thorough consideration of all aspects of this event ensured that every aspect flowed smoothly. alt

Waynesboro Public Library

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The Waynesboro Public Library celebrated its 100th Anniversary on July 14. The original building was constructed under an incentive grant from the Carnegie Foundation. The Waynesboro citizens showed their love and enthusiasm at the special event with music, performances, pictorial postmarks, etc. Dr. Sandra Treadway, State Librarian, was the keynote speaker at the event.

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July 2015

People

Campbell County Public Library System

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The Children’s Program Department won the Campbell County Employee Excellence award for their interpretation of last summer’s Summer Reading theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read.” VALINDA TRENT and KATIE LANE developed and became characters named “Fizz” and “Boom”. They then hosted a STEM-based “tv show” and performed with the children as a live audience.The programming was so successful that the library enjoyed record-breaking attendance and the assumption of some parents that “Fizz” and “Boom” were professionally hired by the county (which they were!). Further, Trent and Lane were invited to present at several local child development conferences on incorporating STEM into daily activities. Lastly, their programming caught the notice of a local funding initiative and resulted in a $25,000 grant annually for the next three years to grow education readiness in the most impoverished part of our county.
MICHAEL BINGHAM, MLS, has joined the staff of the CCPLS as the Circulation Supervisor at the main library in Rustburg. Mike earned his degree from the University of Alabama and is especially interested in history and technology.

Chesapeake Public Library

The Chesapeake Public Library has a new Youth and Family Services Manager, HEATHER SIMPSON, who joined the CPL family in May 2015. Although Heather comes to us most recently from Virginia Beach Public Library, she is a CPL user and lives in Great Bridge. Her primary focus has been on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programming for young children, “Every Child Ready to Read” education classes and providing services to ‘tweens and teens. The staff is excited to have her on board. simpson
JEAN CARIDEO, manager of the Major Hillard Branch of the Chesapeake Public Library, retired on May 31, 2015, after 34½ years in the system. Jean told us in her farewell letter that she knew she was lucky to have had a job that she loved, with a mission that she believed in, working with people that she respected and admired. We agree wholeheartedly with her take on library service and working at CPL. Jean will truly be missed by her library family. carideo

Mathews Memorial Library

HAVEN HEADLEY will be the new Head of Youth Services at the Mathews Memorial Library. She will also earn her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in August 2015. She is excited to start her professional career in youth services at "an amazing library." While in school, Haven has been working for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. headley

Richmond Public Library

CRISTINA D. RAMIREZ, Library/Community Services Manager for the Brock Road Branch of Richmond Public Library has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors, Richmond Chapter, of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). She will also serve as a Facilitator for the VCIC Richmond Educational Equity Initiative. Ms. Ramirez has received two City of Richmond, Tri-Annual Mayor RISE Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Community. ramirez

Shenandoah County Library System

ZOE DELLINGER is the Assistant Director of the Shenandoah County Library System effective June 1, 2015. She has worked in the library system for seven years, first as a branch manager and most recently as Circulation Supervisor at the main library in Edinburg. Zoe received her BA from Mary Baldwin College and MLIS and Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Library and Information Agencies from the University of North Texas. She was the recipient of the VLA Clara Stanley Scholarship in 2012.

Happenings

Campbell County Public Library System

Construction of the new Timbrook Library is underway, with anticipated completion in December 2015, opening to the public in January 2016.


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June 2015

People

Southern Virginia University

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STEPHANIE HARDY has been promoted to the position of Director of Library Services at Southern Virginia University. Southern Virginia’s former Director of Library Services, CHRISTOPHER RICHARDSON, will serve as Library Director and Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Union Presbyterian Seminary after June 15.

Roanoke College, Fintel Library

ELIZABETH MCCLENNEY has accepted Roanoke College’s offer to be the next Director of Fintel Library. She will begin her duties on Monday, July 27, 2015. Ms. McClenney is presently the Deputy Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, which provides library service to four historically black colleges and universities in metro-Atlanta: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center. She has served in several library positions since 1984 at a variety of colleges and universities, including the University of California -- Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary. Ms. McClenney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at the College of William and Mary and her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Augusta County Library

TAMMY COALTER, Children's Services Librarian for the Augusta County Library, was selected as Augusta County Employee of the Year - Merit. In the past year, Tammy was very successful in expanding the reach of the library's limited staff and budget by developing new partnerships in the community. coalter

Washington County Public Library

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After 37 years of service, DEBBIE LEDBETTER retired from the Washington County Public Library in July 2014. ROBERT COLBAUGH replaced her as Head of Technical Services in February 2015.
Also from Washington County Public Library, Technical Services Assistant KIM BLAYLOCK earned her ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification in October 2014.

James L. Hamner Public Library

The James L. Hamner Public Library is pleased to announce the promotion of CATHY MASON from Library Assistant to Public Services & Programming Librarian. After seven years of service in a part-time, non-degreed position, during which Cathy earned her MLIS, she was promoted to a full-time degreed position. When confronted with a new task, Cathy’s response is always, “I don’t know how to do that, but I’ll try.” This attitude makes her a valued staff member and the library looks forward to her success in her new role. mason

University of Richmond School of Law Library

TIMOTHY L. COGGINS, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law Library, will retire from his position at the Law School, effective August 31, 2015. Tim has served as a member of the VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee for many years.

Hampden-Sydney College, Bortz Library

Bortz Library of Hampden-Sydney College recognizes the excellent service of TONI HAMLETT, Technical Services Librarian, who retires on June 30. Toni’s position will be filled by MARYSKA CONNOLLY-BROWN, who comes to us from Georgia Regents University, where she has been Serials Resources Librarian. Maryska has been active as a writer and speaker, and we expect her to be a valuable addition to Virginia’s library community.

Roanoke County Public Library System/

CARLY BUDZYNSKI has joined Roanoke County Public Library System as a cataloger in the Cataloging & Technical Services Department. Carly is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky's Library School, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the UK Library's Cataloging Department. She also worked at the Council of State Governments in Lexington, KY while pursuing her degree.

Happenings

Suffolk Public Library

Over the last year, Suffolk Public Library started connecting with their community through the POP-UP LIBRARY. This initiative has allowed the library to meet people at places they are already going within the city such as the grocery store, YMCA or community event. It has allowed them to provide valuable resources to citizens and increased library awareness. Recently Distinction Magazine wrote a great story on the efforts in Suffolk which you can read by visiting http://distinctionhr.com/2015/05/suffolk-library/.

Lynchburg Public Library

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The Lynchburg Public Library has added a new space to their building. The LYNN DODGE STORYTIME ROOM is a dedicated space for both children's programs and quiet reading for children and their parents/caregivers. The project began in 2011, with a $150,000 gift from St. John's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg. The room is named after former director, Ms. LYNN DODGE, whose illustrious career began with the Lynchburg Public Library in 1974. She also made a personal donation of over $100,000. Other major sources of funding include the Friends of the Lynchburg Public Library, a grant from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, a $10,000 gift from the City of Lynchburg, and a land donation from Liberty University. The room was designed by Lynchburg-based CJMW Architecture and constructed by Centurion Solutions Group of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Special features include a large, multicultural-themed rug that mimics the diversity of the city's population, sliding doors that double as bulletin boards to hide storage space, cushioned benches, high ceilings, bright colors, and walls made of kalwall, which filters in natural daylight without glare or distraction.