Your Friendly Librarians ~ Here to Help You

Library Director

Janice Lyhane

Janice has been the library director since August 29, 2012, but she has worked at the library since the current building opened in May, 1995.  She is passionate about the library and providing its patrons with the best possible service.  So if you ever have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to share!

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family including her three grandchildren or read, of course!  Her favorite authors include James Michener, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich and Diana Gabaldon.  She also enjoys shopping, antiquing, and the occasional bicycle ride.

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Assistant Director, Teen and Tween Services, Children and YA Collection Development Coordinator

Mandy Cook

Growing up, it was inevitable Mandy had her nose stuck in a book. Some kids get in trouble for not reading enough; when Mandy was a kid she got in trouble for reading too much! It is no wonder she fits right in at the library as an adult. Now Mandy is in charge of ordering most of the children’s and young adult books, and trying to convince the teens and tweens she is cool enough to run their program (so far it might be working).

When she’s not at work, Mandy can be found with her family. Her husband, Brian, is as much of a theatre and music nut as she is, so they might be on stage blending their voices together for some good cause; goodness knows you won’t find Brian in the audience if he’s not on stage! Ian and Natalie, Mandy and Brian’s kids, have also been bitten by the spotlight bug. They like the limelight as much as their mom does, although Mandy swears it comes from Brian’s side of the family.

Mandy is a Marshall County native, and she is passionate about keeping her county and community vibrant. She is an advocate for the area’s arts programs, and encourages people to commit their time: whether that is performance or audience participation, it matters! Come find Mandy; she’d love to chat with you!

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Library Assistant, InterLibrary Loan, Cataloging

Debra Volesky-Slupianek

Debra and catDebra grew up in Oketo and remembers coming to the Marysville Public Library as a child.  At that time the library was located on Main Street and the children’s section was located in the lower level.  She loved reading mysteries and remembers reading a series of books called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Detectives. She now is a dedicated Stephen King fan with a lifelong goal of reading and owning all of his books and that goal has been met so far.  She also enjoys John Grisham books. Debra’s past employment experience includes working in the accounting and secretarial fields. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kansas State University in her early 40s and believes no one is ever too old to learn. Debra catalogs new acquisitions, is our InterLibrary Loan specialist, and hopes to teach some computer classes at the library. She and her husband Steve enjoy their cats, flower garden, NASCAR, model railroading, watching DVDs and reading.

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Library Aide, Family Storytime Leader, Summer Storytime Leader

Lesa Dierking

lesaLesa’s role at the Marysville Public Library is one that is an envious one for some and terrifying for others.  She currently leads two children’s storytimes–Tuesday morning storytimes at 10:30 am, and Family Story Time on Thursday evenings, at 6:45 p.m. during the school year. The Summer Library Program for children during the off-school months is also a huge part of her job!

An elementary teacher in her former life, Lesa finds enjoyment in helping children discover a real joy and love of reading. Early literacy is an area in which Lesa has a deep passion. She works to incorporate early literacy techniques in the story times, and strives to be a resource for parents in working with their children.

In other areas of Lesa’s life, she enjoys substituting and volunteering at her daughter, Allison’s school, being involved with her church, playing with her cat, Gracie, and sewing and scrapbooking (did someone say Cricut?).

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Library Aide, Overdue Specialist, Magazine Collection Coordinator

Débora Oehm

Débora is originally from Brazil and has been living in Oketo since 2016. She was an exchange student back in 2001, and that’s how she met her husband, Levi, and ended up moving to the United States.

When Débora was a child, she dreamed of owning a newsstand and being a writer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Translation (Portuguese/English) and in Foreign Trade, and has visited several different countries as part of her former job at a shipping agency in Santos, Brazil.

Débora loves reading about different places, people and cultures. She and her husband enjoy traveling together and seeing God’s beautiful creations, but whenever they’re home and have nothing to work on, they like being lazy bums with their cat, Ziva, and watching Netflix.

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Library Aide, Master Front Desk Attendant

Ashley Kirkham

Ashley Kirkham is our newest member at the library, beginning March 2017. Her role is to work the circulation desk and assist patrons. Although she is a new employee, she and her daughter, Kayleigh, are no strangers to the library. Kayleigh was recently featured in “The Marysville Advocate” for having read 1,000 books in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

Ashley and her husband, Will Kirkham have been married for 5 years. They will be spending their upcoming spare time workin
g on a home they recently decided to purchase. Ashley is very excited about this, since she has an avid love for home décor, landscaping, etc. Her favorite interests are, of course home décor, plants, flowers, and music. Ashley and her husband are natives to Marysville; her parents are Jason Stillwell and Shari Travis. You can also find Ashley at Community Physicians Clinic in Marysville; she works there as a receptionist.

Ashley spends a majority of her time with her family, nestled up with a great book or watching a movie when she isn’t outside in the yard.