Meet Our Staff

ALISA - Grass Valley

Alisa

What is a book that you often recommend?

It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margaret Magnusson

 If you could live in a book, tv show, or movie, what would it be?

“Northern Exposure.” I liked all the quirky characters in the show.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Nearsighted - Eccentric - Nerd

What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself?

Many years ago, I was part of an improvisational comedy group. I performed at the Holbrooke Hotel and the Nevada Theatre where Mark Twain performed.  I have him beat with two KOA campgrounds, and a Chinese restaurant.

AMY - Grass Valley

AmyWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

Playing (and learning) with kids of all ages!  Science and music are my jam.  I love hanging out with the babies at Baby Storytime and (hopefully) making science fun for kids.

An interesting fact about myself.

Before I began working in the library, I was an architect for 20 years! (Which is probably why I love STEAM programming so much!)

What inspires me?

People who create!  I am aware of how much I consume other artists' work, but it always inspires me to create as much as I can to offset that.  Whether it is music, theater, dance, or literature; creating things allows me to tap into the huge flow of creative energy in the world and brings me so much joy.

BOBBI - Truckee

Bobbi with Pam Munoz RyanWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

The patrons!

What is a book that you often recommend?

Oh! There are so many!

Any title by Ruta Sepetys like Salt to the Sea (YA Fiction)

Funny juvenile fiction books like Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors and Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Non-fiction books that read like fiction, such as:

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Educated by Tara Westover

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Fatal Fever by Gail Jarrow

What's an interesting/surprising fact about yourself?

I can juggle.

BRITTANY - Grass Valley

BrittanyWhat is a book that you often recommend?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Anything by Ron Chernow

 If you could live in a book, tv show, or movie, what would it be?

All Creatures Great and Small– I would love to help care for animals in the Yorkshire Dales!
 

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Kind of funny

What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself?

I painted Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss for a project in my high school French class and that’s what made me fall in love with his art.

CINDY - Madelyn Helling

cindypaWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

My favorite part of working at the library is interacting and being part of a unique community and how every day is different.  The library is so much more than books and is a vibrant and energetic place where helping people is the main goal. How cool is that!

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

There are too many books and movies to list but one book that still makes me tear up just thinking about it is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.  Most stories about a child and their dog will inspire waterworks, but this book is quite possibly the saddest book I’ve experienced.  Quick, someone get me a tissue.

What inspires you?

Intellectual Freedom.

If you could be part of a band, past or present, which one would you join, and what role would you take on?

Rather than limiting it to one band I would choose to be a photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine that provides access to nearly all.  

DONNA - Grass Valley

DonnaWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

I love discovering new things every day, whether it comes in the form of a book, magazine, graphic novel or an interaction with a patron or coworker.  

What is a book that you often recommend? 

Electric State by Simon Stalenhag.  It's basically a sci-fi, post apocalyptic, picture book for adults.  

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

I'll cry at anything if you give me the chance.  The last thing I cried at was a commercial with a father and son graduating college at the same time.  It's ridiculous.    

JILL - Madelyn Helling

JILL_MHWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

Doing Storytime!

What is a book that you often recommend?

Trevor Noah's Born a Crime and the great adapted version for young readers too.

What was the last movie or book that made you cry?

E.T. makes me cry every time!

 If you could live in a book, tv show, or movie, what would it be?

If I could live in a book it would definitely be one of Peter Mayle’s books, My 25 Years in Provence, yes please!

 Describe yourself in 3 words.

Me in three words: Silly, artsy, and creative

 What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself?

There’s a paint color named after me: Jillene Green, true fact!

What inspires you?

Travel and Art is always a source of inspiration for me. I also love seeing children’s artwork, kids are so inspiring with their uninhibited creativity.

 If you could be part of a band, past or present, which one would you join, and what role would you take on?

If I could sing like anyone in the world it would be like Aretha Franklin! I can’t, but I will still try and belt out some Storytime songs!

JULIE - Bear River/Madelyn Helling

Julie PictureWhat is a book that you often recommend?  

I always recommend my all-time favorite book, East of Eden by Steinbeck. It has everything you could want in a book: mystery, drama, and masterful dialogue and character development. It will stay with you for a lifetime. For Poetry I recommend Rose by Li-Young Lee, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck by Charles Bukowski, and Donkey Gospel by Tony Hoagland.

What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself? 

I have run a marathon, I got to see Nirvana live in 1991, and despite being a huge Jeff Bridges fan,  I do not like The Big Lebowski (((gasp)))!

If you could be a part of any band, past or present, which one would you join and what role would you take on?

I would definitely be in The Runaways, because they were the first true all-girl rock band - plus, the clothes!  They got to invent what an all-girl rock band would look like and sound like, and it was the epitome of cool and every teenage boy loved them.  I would have liked that.  I would play bass because you can still rock without being in the forefront, which I'm sure is an analogy of my life. :-)

KACY - Grass Valley

Kacy_GVWhat is a book that you often recommend?

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. If you've ever wished life came with an instruction manual, this is it - in less than 200 pages!

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

You should know that truly everything makes me cry, which will make what I'm about to tell you slightly less weird. The new Borat movie made me cry. Not ashamed.

What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself? 

I've been a vegetarian since I was 4 years old and found out that the turkey at Thanksgiving was a bird.

What inspires you?

Kind people.

MEGAN - Madelyn Helling

MeganWhat is your favorite part of working at the library? 

I love finding ways to support my community, and helping people find what they need!

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

The Dragon Librarian by Marc Secchia was suggested to me by a family member because I love dragons and I’m a librarian. It was a wonderful read, but I started reading it without preparing myself for the main character’s struggles at the beginning.

If you could live in a book, tv show, or movie, what would it be? 

If I could, I would live in Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey. I love the way she creates worlds that make me think and dream!

MELLISA - Grass Valley

MellisaWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

Working with teens!

If you could live in a book, what would it be?

I would live in Charles de Lint's Newford, which exists in many of his books.

If you could be a part of any band, past or present, which one would you join and what role would you take on? 

I would join They Might Be Giants, but only to hang out and play the occasional Theramin accompaniment. 

MICHELE - Madelyn Helling

MicheleWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

Signing up a child for their first library card.  Seeing the joy in their eyes is priceless.

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

The last book that made me cry was the final book in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.  Reading these books was such an amazing journey and they are so well written.

Describe yourself in 3 words.  

Quirky, anxious, empathetic
 

What inspires you?

A really good quote.

NICK - Madelyn Helling

County Librarian, Nick Wilczek with an Orion Starblaster 6Hi.  My name is Nick Wilczek.  I’ve been County Librarian since June of this year.

My favorite part of working at the library is serving the community and getting to know folks.  The creativity and dedication of my coworkers inspire me every day.  I’ve read all of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels, am currently working through the 28 volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub, and think that everyone should take a few minutes to read the poem Stone by Charles Simic. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, being outside, and practicing my cooking skills.  I’m a fan of University of Kentucky basketball, professional wrestling, and music with twangy guitars.


PIRET - Truckee

PiretWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the library is building meaningful relationships with our patrons, especially our amazing youth. Truckee is a unique, close-knit community where everybody knows everybody. It’s wonderful to see local families outside the library, and talking not only the latest best sellers, but also about how their kids, pets and daily lives are going. Also, being an avid reader, I love to provide book recommendations during personal interactions! 

What is the last movie or book that made you cry?

The last book that moved me deeply was “The Exiles”, by Christina Baker Kline.

What inspires you?

Being an outdoor enthusiast and nature/animal lover, Truckee is “the” place to enjoy everything the four seasons have to offer. From spring daffodils to the lazy afternoons along the Truckee River with its fall colors, I have fallen in love with our mountain community. There is nothing that makes me happier than exploring local trails with my family, including our two dogs, Stella and Tessa, while hiking, running or cross-country skiing.

RACHEL - Madelyn Helling

RachelWhat is your favorite part of working at the library? 

I am a very excitable and outgoing person who loves talking to and meeting new people. Everyday in the library I meet someone new and get to create a connection. It is so fun to build relationships with all kinds of people in the library. Who wouldn’t love hanging out in the library all day?

Describe yourself in 3 words. 

Sassy, Fun, Kind

What is an interesting/surprising fact about yourself? 

I absolutely hate getting my hair cut so I let it grow out as long as possible before getting it trimmed. Usually about once a year but I sometimes go even longer! My record was 2 years without any scissor touching these locks!

ROTHA - Truckee

RothaWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?  

My favorite part of working at the library is interacting with patrons and helping to share all the resources we offer. Whether its school assignments, job searches, entertainment or curiosity (intellectual or plain vanilla), I love assisting people to find what they’re looking for. I love hearing, “I didn’t know you had/did that at the library!”

What is the last movie or book that made you cry? 

The last movie that made me cry was (pre-Covid) “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and more recently, a second watching of one my all-time favorites, “I Am Sam”.

If you could be a part of any band, past or present, which one would you join and what role would you take on? 

OK! So, this is a “don’t get me started” kinda question. I could never live a musician’s lifestyle but if I could sing, I’d be a Raelette, backing up the immortal Ray Charles. I would’ve given anything to sing or just play tambourine at the recording of “Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black and White Night”. I mean, TCB band, Bruce, Jackson, Elvis, Bonnie, K.D. and Roy Orbison!! I’d also love to have been a part of the “Stop Making Sense” tour by the Talking Heads- oh, and the “All the Road Running Tour” with Mark Knopfler & Emmylou and blah blah blah…

SUNNY BEE - Madelyn Helling

Person in a bear suitWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

I love showing up at Storytimes, Those Librarian’s are always coming up with the silliest stories and songs! I like meeting all the kids who are there and giving them high fives!

What is a book that you often recommend?

I have soooooo many favorite books, Corduroy, Berenstain Bears, Polar Bear’s Underwear and Winnie the Pooh, just to name a few!  I just love Eric Carle’s, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? I can’t believe all those animals he sees, it’s amazing!

What is the last book or movie that made you cry?

The movie Christopher Robin chokes me up something terrible. Growing up is not easy!

If you could live in a book, what would it be?

I would just love to live in the book, Teddy Bear’s Picnic. I would love to eat all the wonderful berries and treats while playing the best bear games with my pals in the beautiful forest every day!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loveable, kind and hungry

What is an interesting/surprising fact about you?

I LOVE to read. My favorite bedtime story before I hibernate is Goodnight Already, by Jory John.  Another interesting fact is that I love to roller skate. I’m known for my grace and agility on those wheels.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by books about cooking, did I mention I have a rather big appetite? When I check out a cook book at the library, I like to try all the recipes and I always triple the batch. Sometimes, I even quadruple the batch if I have company.

If you could be part of any band, past or present, which one would you join and what role would you take on?

If I could be in any band I would just be tickled to be in the Country Bear Jamboree. Maybe they’ll hear about me and give me an audition, who knows I think I might have a chance.

SYDNEY - Madelyn Helling Library

Sydney_MHWhat is your favorite part of working at the library?

I work at a place where everyone is welcome, all things are free and imagination and creativity engulf you.

What is the last movie or book that made you cry?

It was Mrs. America; Liberty, Freedom, and Justice for All

What inspires you?

People that are passionate about what they are doing, making and/or how they are living.

If you could be in a band, past or present, which one would you join, and what role would you take on?

I would join The Clash and would want to be the band photographer/documentarian although James Brown or Patti Smith would do just fine too.