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We will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day. We will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday, July 5.

Staff Directory

Meet the Library's management team
Library Director Susan Westgate swestgate@cslibrary.org
Assistant Library Director Mary Clemens mclemens@cslibrary.org
Adult Services Manager Laura Hays lhays@cslibrary.org
Youth Services Manager Amy Teske ateske@cslibrary.org
Circulation Services Manager Jeri Cain jcain@cslibrary.org

 

Susan Westgate, Library Director

What I do at the library: 

I am responsible for the overall management of the Library staff and facility.  This encompasses the Library’s administration of finances, Human Resources, policies, community partnerships, Library services and programs.

Why I wanted to be a librarian:

I enjoy interacting with and helping people. The Library is a gateway to the fulfillment of dreams.  

How I help patrons create, search play or learn every day: 

By providing the community with easy access to resources, services and programs that will enrich their lives in a warm and welcoming setting.

My favorite thing about our library:

Our commitment to do our best in serving the residents of Carol Stream.

Favorite book from childhood:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I have read them over and over.

 

 

Mary Clemens, Assistant Library Director      

What I do at the library: 

As a longtime employee, my co-workers tease that I am the unofficial historian of the Library. Officially, I serve as the Assistant Director. I manage behind the scenes activities at the Library (getting materials ordered and ready to check out, making sure invoices are coded correctly and processed for payment, assisting with the development and administration of policies and procedures, etc.)

Why I wanted to be a librarian:

I wanted to be a librarian to help others discover the joy of reading and love of libraries that I’ve had since I was a child.

How I help patrons create, search play or learn every day: 

Most of what I do these days is working with the Library staff to develop new services and identify ways we can do things better so people visiting the Library have a positive experience. That may not sound like as much fun as dressing up like the Cat in the Hat and doing storytimes like I used to do, but I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping find more ways the Library can serve our community.

My favorite thing about our library:

The preschool play area. It is unbelievably enjoyable to watch parents and grandparents interacting with their children, overhear the funny things kids say, see them lying on the floor turning the pages of the book, etc. 

What’s your earliest/best memory about vising a library as a child?

I grew up in Addison when the Library was still part of the Village Hall.  I remember watching Saturday morning movies in the basement (Toby Tyler comes to mind) and being served popcorn. My friends and I went to the Library all summer long. We’d sit and read our books under my friend’s weeping willow tree and go back to the Library the next day and do it all over again. It’s one of my favorite memories of my childhood.

 

Laura Hays, Adult Services Manager

What I do at the library: 

I direct and manage the staff and resources of the Adult Services Department in order to respond to patron needs and to provide services and programs for adult and teens.

Why I wanted to be a librarian:

When I was in school, I enjoyed the research part of writing papers more than the actual writing. I still enjoy this part of problem solving along with discovering answers to puzzling questions.

How I help patrons create, search play or learn every day: 

The questions change every day, so what I do changes every day. I might help someone fill out a government form or job application or help them find the next book in a series that they are reading, but the process is always discovering what a person wants or needs and assisting them.

My favorite thing about our library:

The staff. I’m lucky to work in such a collegial and supportive work environment.

What’s your earliest/best memory about vising a library as a child?

I would go through Nancy Drew mysteries like they were candy.

 

Amy Teske, Youth Services Manager

What I do at the library: 

I manage all things related to kids from birth to 8th grade using the library.

Why I wanted to be a librarian:

I worked in many libraries from the time I was 16 through college, but thought I wanted to teach high school English. When I made the connection that what happens at the library is individual teaching opportunities, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

How I help patrons create, search play or learn every day: 

Through the programs that the Youth Department provide! Storytimes are full of playing and learning.

My favorite thing about our library:

Helping a user find what he or she wanted to find.

What’s your earliest/best memory about vising a library as a child?

My father was Director at the Evanston Public Library while I was growing up. He used to take me along with my brother and sister to the library when it was closed on Sunday afternoons during the summer. We would have the run of the place while he did a little work, or we would help him with a project. When my brother and I were little enough, he would put us on carts and wheel us around. Sometimes we even got to bring our dog to the library, and she loved running around in there as much as we did!

 

Jeri Cain, Circulation Services Manager

What I do at the library: 

I work with and schedule the staff who greet customers when they enter the library, issue library cards, check out and in borrowed materials and put them back on the shelves in the right order so they can be easily found.

Why I wanted to be a librarian:

As a child, being at the library made me feel cozy and encouraged my love of reading. As a grown-up, I discovered my aptitude for relentlessness in finding a correct and complete answer or solution to any question. That feeling and discovery combined decided my destiny.

How I help patrons create, search play or learn every day: 

I am lucky to have the opportunity to speak one on one with our visitors while issuing library cards, checking out materials, or just walking through the library. Asking the right questions gets them to tell me why they are visiting the library. When I explain the resources and services that might be helpful for those specific needs, their eyes light up. The response is usually, “Wow, I didn’t know the library had so much to offer!” This lets me know they are on their way to create, search, play or learn.

My favorite thing about our library: 

My coworkers. Our commitment to exceptional service is demonstrated by all staff members, regardless of position.

Favorite book from childhood:

From the Mixed Up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. Claudia was my inspiration to seek adventure, become resourceful, solve mysteries and look for a positive attribute in my little brother (I found many).