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Meet the children’s librarians

Our staff love working with kids of all ages. Join them for a program, ask them for a book recommendation, or just stop by and say hi!

Children's librarian Iris

Iris

Location: East Regional Library

Iris is a retired Health Educator with the State of North Carolina, serving the public for 34 years. She is an NCSU Emeritus professor and a native of Durham, NC. She is now happily continuing to serve North Carolina citizens in her part-time retirement position as Children’s Library Assistant with the East Regional Library.

Pronouns: she/her

Molly

Location: North Regional Library

Molly enjoys the position of Children’s Librarian at North Regional, especially the opportunity to interact with the young patrons. An avid reader, she strives to help patrons find just what they’re looking for – whether it is a book to have in hand or a digital book at their fingertips. You can also connect with Molly through various programs including Grade School Masterminds, Storytime, and Homeschool Learning Lab. Molly loves Durham as a place to work, live, and play. A native of Virginia, she crossed the state line for undergraduate (Belmont Abbey) and graduate school (NCCU) and is loving North Carolina living! When she is not at work, she can be found spending a lot of time with her rescue English Setter. It’s her best exercise routine!

Pronouns: she/her

South Regional children's manager Joel by the pool

Mr. Joel

Location: South Regional Library

Mr. Joel really enjoys working with children. He has been working in Durham County since 2009 and loves the culture of Durham. Music has always been an important part of his life, and he loves to share wonderful songs with children through movement and dance. He plays saxophone with a blues band that actually allows him to sing a little. Come and check out his Funtime Storytime program to see for yourself.

Pronouns: he/him

Main Library Children's Manager Anna Cromwell

Mrs. Cromwell

Location: Main Library

Anna Cromwell, affectionally known as “Mrs. Crumwell” to her little patrons, serves as Main Library’s Children Services Manager. Her favorite author is Roald Dahl. Anna’s love of books and libraries was born out of her mother’s example, as every Saturday morning, her mother would dress her six kids, line them all up, and walk to the local library. The entire family looked forward to watching Disney movies each Saturday and cherished the privilege of being able to take home two books every week.

Pronouns: she/her

Ms. Danielle laughs while hanging up the last letter in a wall decoration saying "wish"

Ms. Danielle

Location: Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Ms. Danielle grew up in Durham, NC. She has always been a reader, but it was in spurts. She grew up reading fairytales and watching cartoons – she watched everything from Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Sailor Moon to Looney Tunes, Rugrats, and Scooby-Doo. Now for current cartoons, she’s into We Bare Bears, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Teen Titans Go (even though the original is still better and there is no changing her mind), and Miraculous. She also plays video games and hula hoops. Most people she’s worked with in the library know that she wanted to go to circus school. And still does. Danielle’s favorite kids’ books include Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers, The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros, Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller, To the Sea by Cale Atkinson, and Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot

East Regional children's manager Diamond petting one of the equine stars of East Regional's Storytime with Horses

Ms. Diamond

Location: East Regional Library

Diamond is the Children’s Services Manager at East Regional Library. She received her B.A. in English with a minor in business administration from Peace College and her M.L.S. from North Carolina Central University. She began working in the public library as a Teen Volunteer, a Library Page, Children’s Services Library Assistant, Children’s Librarian, and now Children’s Services Manager. Though the majority of her work experience has been in the public library, she also has experience working in academic libraries of all levels: as a library assistant in her high school library, a library intern in her college library while pursuing her undergraduate degree, and as a graduate assistant in her university library. Though she enjoyed working in an academic library setting, children’s services in a public library is where her heart lies. She is passionate about placing books into the hands of small children to promote literacy from an early age. When not at work, she enjoys visiting farmers’ markets, taking yoga classes, and spending time reading in local coffee shops.

Julia sitting balanced on top of life-sized Poke Ball

Ms. Julia

Location: Southwest Regional Library

Fun fact: Julia loves answering questions, which is perfect considering she works in Children’s Services. This means she is an expert in answering everything from what the best mythical creature is (unicorn, obviously), to who wrote the Jack & Annie books (Osborne), to where the Telgemeier books live (in the graphic novel section), and everything and anything in-between. She can be found running programs for kids of all ages, including Baby Lapsits, Harry Potter Club, and Spy School (among others) or at the children’s information desk at Southwest Regional Library. Julia loves crafting, drinking coffee, baking, reading, terrible jokes and puns, and her cat, who is named after a book character and whose name is a pun! She’s happy to be able to put her love of books, helping people, and master’s degree in library science to use for the Durham community. Come say hi, tell a terrible joke, or just ask a question. She’ll be happy to help you!

Pronouns: she/her

Laurel reading "Rabbit's Gift" during storytime

Ms. Laurel

Location: Main Library

Laurel has an M.L.S. in library science from North Carolina Central, which she obtained in 1995. She has worked in two different library systems in NC since then. She has always liked reading, and this profession was a good way to combine a liking for working with children with the above. Laurel’s favorite genres are romance, science fiction, and culinary mysteries. She likes traveling and writing, as well as reading.

Pronouns: she/her

Ms. Olivia in her chef's hat, ready to whip up some fun

Ms. Olivia

Location: North Regional Library

Since the summer of 2014, Ms. Olivia has assisted in Children’s Services. She can’t believe that she gets paid telling stories! She can’t believe that she gets paid to sing and dance with children and adults! She can’t believe how much fun she has at DCo Library — and she gets paid!

Pronouns: she/her

Ms. Patty in costume as Frida Kahlo

Ms. Patty

Location: Southwest Regional Library

Hola! The library discovered Ms. Patty over 17 years ago, and she’s been “booked” ever since. She is not native to North Caroline but grew up in the second largest state in the United States. Ms. Patty speaks Spanish and English and has been with Durham County for 11 years. She currently works in Youth Services at Southwest Regional, where the kids and she really enjoy singing, dancing, and just being silly. She also enjoys helping kids and parents find the right book and having them come back to tell you, “We really enjoyed the books you recommended!” Besides reading, in her spare time she plays crazy games and has endless hours of discussing Pokémon evolutions with her son. If you’re ever at Southwest, come on over and say, “Hola, Ms. Patty!”

Ms. Teresa dancing with the kids during Toddler Storytime

Ms. Teresa

Location: East Regional Library

Teresa grew up in a small mountain town where it usually snows about six months out of the year, and because of this, the local bookstore and library were her happy places. These places taught her at a young age how literature can serve a community and how books can change lives. She has always wanted to be surrounded by books, and she enjoys helping people, so she decided to make librarianship her career. Teresa is the Children’s Librarian for the East Regional Library. She loves picture books, and some of her favorites are The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield; You Matter by Christian Robinson; and Whose Moon is That? by Kim Krans. Teresa’s all-time favorite children’s book character is Ramona Quimby, from the Beverly Cleary books, because of Ramona’s whimsy and creativity. Aside from reading, Teresa enjoys writing, travel, gardening, and making arts and crafts in her spare time.

Pronouns: she/her

North Regional Children's Services Manager Scott

Scott

Originally from St. Louis, Scott moved to Durham in 2013. Scott pursued librarianship to bridge his past work as an elementary teacher’s assistant and a researcher. His archival research took him into animation studios, JFK special collections, and 650 feet below ground in a Kansas salt mine. Scott loves drumming, making pizzas, cycling, and watching cartoons and bad movies. At North Regional, he regularly hosts activities with the neighboring Hub Farm, LEGO Club, and roleplaying games for grades K-5. His nightstand is overflowing with library books.

Pronouns: he/him