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When the Marysville Public Library moved into its current building in May 1995, Library Director Janice Lyhane was just starting out as an employee. Working as the Children’s Librarian, Janice most enjoyed spending time with the children and interacting with patrons. After holding several positions, Janice took over the director position in August 2012. Programming and library services have changed drastically throughout the years but the most significant project was yet to be. Janice oversaw a major renovation of the library that was completed in 2016. The result was the current warm and welcoming space patrons enjoy today.
When not at the library, Janice enjoys spending time with her husband of 42 years, Doc, and her two cats, Faith and Clark. While her son Mike and wife Ashley’s three children, Brendan, Kayla, and Barrett, bring Janice much joy, her “granddog” Jax, son Tyler’s Aussie, brings much entertainment.
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Reading is very important to Mandy, but connecting with kids is just as much or more important. If you know Mandy, you know that’s HUGE! Mandy loves to be silly with kids–especially aged third grade and up, so it is great that she’s in charge of teen and tween programming.
Mandy is a Marysville native and lives with her husband, Brian, and her two kiddos, Ian and Nat. She continues to be active in her community. Mandy believes supporting the arts is very important, whether you are performing, presenting, or an audience member, you are wanted and loved.
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Ashley’s role as the InterLibrary Loan Specialist is in high demand, as ILL is such an awesome service that is offered. She and her family are no strangers to the library; her daughter is even a 1,000 Books reader. Ashley hopes to add her youngest to the 1,000 Books Wall as well!
Ashley and her husband are both Marysville natives and live locally. Their spare time is often spent updating their home. Ashley is happy about this because she has an avid love for home décor and design. They enjoy the local shops, arts, and fabulous restaurants. Her favorite interests are football, hockey, reading, music, and cooking.
Ashley spends a majority of her time with her family, curling up with a good book, watching a football game or movie, or enjoying a family game night.
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Dé 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. They were blessed with twin daughters in 2019, and life has surely changed since then. The girls are already enrolled in the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program and love listening to their mama reading to them in English and in Portuguese.
Dé’s job at the library includes cataloging new materials, repairing the ones that need some TLC, and sending overdue notices to patrons who may have forgotten to return items on time. Dé enjoys reading about different places, people and cultures, and loves spending time playing with her daughters and watching them learn and grow. Whenever she and her husband have time, they like hiking and bike riding in different parks and trails.
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Lesa Dierking’s passions of working with children and literacy make her job at the library “the perfect job.” “I’ve always said, I have the BEST job in town!!!” During the school year, she leads a children’s storytime on Tuesday morning and Thursday evening; just before the Covid-19 pandemic, Lesa had also just begun a once per month Saturday morning storytime. Summer reading program planning begins in March (or before) and ends after a hectic six (or more) weeks’ of events in June and July. She enjoys sharing books, singing songs, using puppets, and doing crafts … especially if they involve glitter or paint or Sharpies!!!
Born and raised in Alma, Kansas, Lesa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University. After only teaching a few years, she married Bruce, her husband, and moved to Marysville. Soon after, she began working in 2002 at the library, took a few years off when their daughter, Allison, was born, and returned in 2011.
Bruce and Lesa are very active in our community and church. Allison is a sophomore at Marysville High School and enjoys band and dance. As a family, they love to travel. Lesa has visited almost all 50 states (Hawaii and a couple of East Coast states to go); Alaska and Maine have been favorites, along with international travel to Germany, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and most recently Cuba. When she’s on her own, Lesa spends time in her craft room where she may be quilting and sewing while catching up on her Hulu.
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