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 gained 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 garden education, curriculum development and education consulting.
She loves working at the library because she likes hands-on, collaborative learning; such powerful motivations to change & grow are ignited when people are supported in following their interests!
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.
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.
Linda worked extensively with children in her early years after which she moved into graphic design and running a real estate company. After moving to Colorado in 2008, her focus has been mainly on graphic design as a Page Designer for numerous local newspapers.
She loves working at the library because her numerous roles allow her to do all the things she loves…working with people/kids and graphic design. She loves everything about the library and how it serves the community and she is very proud to be a part of it.
Linda loves spending time with her grandson each summer. Other activities she enjoys are reading, crocheting, fishing, antique auctions, exploring Colorado with her husband, and most importantly, cuddles with her dogs.