Marathon County Public Library is extending its observance of National Library Week (April 10-16) throughout the month of April by highlighting its employees through a series of staff profiles! Now through April 30, learn a little bit about the personnel at our nine MCPL locations, and feel free to give them a friendly "hello" next time you see them!
Name: Kitty R.
Job title: Circulation Team Lead/Library Specialist
MCPL Location: Wausau Headquarters
Time Worked at MCPL: 24 years
What are some of your main job responsibilities?
I work the main circulation desk, sort mail, receive daily newspapers and magazines and put them out for public use, lead the circulation team and help with customer problems.
What nicknames, if any, do you go by?
Kitty (my real name is Kathleen).
Describe yourself in three words.
Happy, giving, busy.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Beth Buelow and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The diversity of my work. I do so many different jobs in one.
What is your ideal vacation? Where would you go and what would you do there?
I’d travel to national parks because I love unspoiled nature. My husband and I are planning to go to Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon and Zion.
What motto or philosophy do you live by?
Live well, laugh often, love much!
What are some of your pet peeves?
Nail tapping, knuckle cracking and people answering phones when we’re in the middle of a transaction.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
As my mama said, "If you’re going to do something, do it good."
What food item(s) you absolutely cannot resist?
Anything made with brown sugar and butter.
How do you think MCPL will continue to transform in the future?
I believe the library will become more hands-on, whether it is for technological or educational experiences.
image credit: Image by Marathon County Public Library staff.