The Junior Library staff

We love getting to know our patrons, so feel free to stop by and get to know us. Here's a little background:

Mrs. Connie Cole, Junior Library Manager says "I loved reading books to children when I taught first and fourth grade or substitute teaching. At the library the past eighteen years I have loved reading to children of all ages.  I also am happy to recommend books to parents, teachers and students." Mrs. Cole can be contacted anytime by email at

Mrs. Becky Oswalt, who has been with the Library since 2011, is the Early Childhood Programming Specialist. She says, "Some of my goals at the Library are to find new and creative ways to get kids interested in reading." Mrs. Oswalt can be contacted anytime by email at

Staff Reading Recommendations

Each Junior Library team member has compiled their very own list of favorites. Check them out.

Mrs. Cole's favorites include “The Golden Egg Book”  by Margaret Wise Brown. And books by her favorite authors are Mo Willems with Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie books, Rosemary Wells and Max and Ruby books. “Harry the Dirty Dog”and “Harry at the Beach” give a lot of laughs.  “The Giving Tree,”  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,”  and all five of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s “Starcatchers Series” are favorites to share with older children. 

Mrs. Oswalt loves picture books! Her favorites include "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood, "The Monster at the End of this Book" by Jon Stone, "The Kettle's Get New Clothes" by Dayle Ann Dodds, "We are in a Book" by Mo Willems, "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin, "Cat Secrets" by Jef Czekaj, "Scaredy Squirrel" books by Melanie Watt, "Ten Dogs in the Window" by Claire Masurel and "Our Tree Named Steve" by Alan Zweibel.


Just for Kids

Dear Readers,
When Winnie’s parents revealed to her that they were getting divorced, she had no idea how much her life would change.  She quickly discovered with the news that she would have to stay in a treehouse every Wednesday by herself to make sure each parent had her exactly half of the week.  On top of this, they began to fiercely compete to outdo the other parent with special events for Winnie.  With such extravagant plans all the time, Winnie didn’t have time to relax or get her homework done.  
When her teacher starts expressing concerns that she might not pass fifth grade and her parents don’t care, Winnie takes matters into her own hands.  Some intriguing information about the location of her treehouse and local law enforcement make it possible for Winnie (and her closest friends) to live in the treehouse until some of their demands are taken seriously by their parents.  Read, “The Great Treehouse War” by Lisa Graff to find out who wins the war.  

Becky Oswalt