Margaret “Midge” Kirk: General support, Art Wall, & Adult Programs
Midge is a Retired Social Worker with an MA from Goddard College, and a certificate in Heart Centered Counseling from the University of Santa Monica. She was formerly Director of the Four Corners Child Advocacy Center, YA Librarian at the Durango Public Library, and ran a couple of programs at the Montezuma County Public Health Department. She published her first book, They Persisted, in 2017, is currently working on a second book, They Roared, and is thinking about a third.
She loves our patrons, some old friends some new… and the books and the children! They light up her life. She has witnessed so many of them grow up in her time here. She really enjoys assisting patrons and sometimes even recommending a read, or they recommend one to her. She thinks her co-workers are amazing and they make the place feel like “family”. She always feels so fantastic when she can help a patron find something, accomplish something or solve a problem. It makes her heart happy. Generally, she just loves this library and has since 1999.
She also loves almost anything outdoors, her yard and garden, the mountains, the river, her family, her doggies, reading, British films, and writing – not necessarily in that order. She enjoys learning new things, finding new ways to be healthy and sometimes sharing those things.
Jenni Kitchen: Young Adult Services Librarian
Jenni has a BS in Health and Wellness and a MS in Health Education.
She loves working in the library because she has always believed that knowledge should be available to all people. She believes in intellectual freedom and the right to read. Here, she gets to promote literacy and take part in individuals’ lives as they learn and grow.
Jenni also is a self-described young adult (true inner age of 15)! She is a role playing geek, a pop culture fiend (from Avengers to Zombies and to much in between to list), a nature and poetry lover, and a maker of fun with natural clown-ability. Someday she will write and illustrate her own book of the nonsensical for the masses.
Erin Bohm: Youth Services Manager and Children’s Librarian
Erin was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and attended university in Victoria, British Columbia where she was awarded a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Arriving in Montezuma County thirteen years ago marked her transition from working as wilderness guide and environmental educator to a new career in experiential education, curriculum development and education consulting. She has worked with many local organizations such as Montezuma School to Farm Project, Montezuma Land Conservancy, Bear Smart, Manna Soup Kitchen, Southwest Open School, Crow Canyon and The Juniper School as well as national organizations such as the National Farm to School Network, Life Lab and The Edible Schoolyard.
She loves working at the library because she identifies as an educator and she is drawn to facilitating shared and individual experiences with hands-on learning. She likes to create authentic human connections that lead to folks learning, teaching and collaborating together. Because she worked for more than 15 years as a back country educator, often using outdoor classrooms, she loves work that affords her opportunities to incorporate the natural world, demonstrate cause and effect & self-sufficiency, and provide immediate feedback. She has witnessed the powerful motivation to change & grow that is ignited when people are supported in following their interests!
Erin also loves to paddle, climb, dance, read, craft and garden!
Julia Whelihan: Substitute Staff/ Materials Processor
Julia studied Art and worked in Fine Jewelry. She attended Gem City College and took online courses from GIA (Gemology Institute of America School) Music. She is a long standing member of the Mancos Valley Chorus & previously worked at Mancos Public Library for 10 years.
She loves working at the library because let’s face it, she is a people/children person! She thrives on welcoming everyone to our amazing library & introducing our staff along the way – that’s how we use teamwork to build a relationship with our community.
Julia also loves downhill skiing, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and raising her dog, Beau. She tries to be outside as much as possible…our surroundings are so very exceptional, one MUST explore!
Bernadette Tuthill: Circulation Manager
Bernadette has an associate degree in general studies. Her work background before moving to Colorado was in accounting and payroll and as Administrative Assistant at Leila Day Nursery which was founded in 1878 and is the oldest continuing nursery school in the United States.
She loves working at the library because she loves interacting with all the people at the library which is “the heart of Mancos”.
In the summer of 1996, she worked at Yellowstone National Park at Lake Lodge and loved hiking, animal watching and meeting so many diverse people. Her “claim to fame” is her hike descriptions written for the Colorado Mountain Club and published in Best Durango Hikes and Best Telluride Hikes.
Ryan A Matthews: Facility Manager
Ryan has 20+ years of Drafting, Design and Construction management experience.
He loves working at the library because he enjoys serving the community, and he also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, paintball, painting frisbee golf, miniature wargaming, table top board games, and social contract gaming.
Kathy Graf: Cataloger
Kathy has an Associates Degree in Accounting, and 19 years experience working in the library.
She loves working in the library because she has loved books as long as she can remember, and working with them.
She also loves reading, crocheting, knitting, and baking, among other things.
Kira has a degree in writing and English, and a background in tech support, construction, science, and education.
She loves working at the library because she feels strongly about the importance of equitable access to information and resources, building community resiliency, and bringing people together. She really loves Mancos, both for the beauty of the place and the people.
Kira also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, climbing and gardening.