Deborah Walker, of Highland, is the new branch manager and children's librarian at the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library.
Walker has a great deal of experience having served as circulation services manager and more recently technical services manager at the central library.
She has a bachelor's from National-Louis University in Lombard, a master's in communication from Governors State University in University Park and a master of library science degree from Dominican University in River Forest. She has been employed by the library system for seven years.
In this new position, Walker is responsible for the daily activities of the branch and its staff. She promotes library services through outreach and activities both within the community and its schools, recommends selections for children and adult reading, works with the public on reference and reader advisory and is concentrating on introducing library programs for children, teens and adults.
Currently, Walker is focused on the summer reading program that begins in June.
"Make a Splash" is for all ages including adults with family story hours, craft programs and programming for adults. Walker will soon visit all public and parochial schools in the community to promote the program. She expects more than 1,000 children to participate this year.
Library programs at the branch include a toddler time reading program for 2- and 3-year-olds and story time for 4- and 5-year-olds. Walker is involved in most programming including Sit and Stitch, a group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month. People who like to knit, sew and crochet work on projects and visit with others who like to work with yarn.
Criminal's Corner is a mystery book discussion group that meets monthly. Big Screen Biography shows a different older film once a month; "Show Boat" will air at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wii bowling for seniors starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The St. John branch of Lake County Public Library, 9450 Wicker Ave., is open from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (219) 365-5379 or visit www.lcplin.org.
"Come visit us here at Lake County Public Library, at our St. John branch or other branches" Walker said. "Come use our facility, whether it's checking out books, audio visual material, periodicals or using our computer and many databases we have, whether it's to solve a problem or for pleasure."
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