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We will be closed Friday, December 24-Sunday, December 26. The following week, we will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 31 and remain closed through Sunday, January 2. Happy Holidays! 

Staff Directory

Meet the Library's management team
Library Director Susan Westgate swestgate@cslibrary.org
Assistant Library Director Laura Hays lhays@cslibrary.org
Adult Services Manager Athens Moreno amoreno@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.

 

Laura Hays, Assistant Library Director

What I do at the library: 

As the Assistant Library Director, I support the Library Director, manage the operation and employees of the Technical Services Department and Business Office, and coordinate Information Technology Projects..

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 visiting 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 visiting 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).