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Carrie Kasperick started as the youth services librarian at the Monmouth Public Library on Oct. 21. She previously worked at the Erie Community Library in Colorado.
October 29, 2013
MONMOUTH -- It only took Carrie Kasperick 31 years, but she's finally come back to the place she considers home.
Kasperick joined the Monmouth Public Library Oct. 21 as its new youth services librarian, replacing Krist Obrist, who is now the library director.
"It's fantastic. The parents, the children and the staff have all been so supportive," Kasperick said. "I'm just really excited at what's to come."
Growing up, Kasperick and her family hopped around the country, living in seven different states.
Kasperick's dad worked for IBM, which had the family move every few years.
From Georgia to California and Connecticut to Montana, Kasperick saw all that the U.S. had to offer in terms of scenery and people.
The six years Kasperick spent in Salem, though, were her fondest and she hoped to come back to Oregon one day.
"To me, it's a destination. It's been in the back of my head for 12 years," Kasperick said. "It really is conducive to being outside ... I love hiking. People in the area tend to have good values."
Taking over a strong youth services program like Monmouth's presents particular challenges.
Having the former director of that program now the director of the library itself and your boss could pose even more challenges to a newcomer.
Even though it was her baby for the past nine years, Obrist is taking more of a hands off, make-it-your-own approach with Kasperick now at the helm.
"My goal was to hire somebody better than me. I always think you should aim high," Obrist said. "I've made it very clear that I want her to make it a reflection of herself, her ideas."
Kasperick comes to Monmouth from Erie, Colo., a small suburb of Boulder just north of Denver, where she directed children's programs at the Erie Community Library, an 8,000-patron branch of the High Plains Library District, for five years.
The larger size and more plentiful resources of the Erie Library were its blessing and its curse, Kasperick said.
"As part of a larger district, we had to work so closely with so many different departments and branches," she said. "You lose a lot of control in the process. Being part of a city library, there's a lot more decision-making that I'm able to do."
Kasperick has been in Monmouth for a little more than two weeks now.
The transition into her new position has been a quick one for Kasperick -- she finished work at Erie on Oct. 10 and headed for Monmouth Oct. 12.
Once she's able to dive into demographics and settle in a bit more, Kasperick is looking to develop her own programs and activities, maybe even bringing a few from Erie.
"One I really did enjoy for many years were the book clubs. We had a `tween' book club and a middle school book club," Kasperick said. "I'll be looking into those to see if it seems like something that would be a good fit for the community."
Who: Carrie Kasperick.
What: Youth services librarian at Monmouth Public Library.
Fun facts: Lived in seven states growing up: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Montana, Oregon and Utah. Paints dog portraits. Loves a good iced coffee. Hates cinnamon.