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 Reader,

Eleven year old Martin is looking forward to a summer of snacks, games and doing mostly nothing.  Martin’s father has another kind of summer in mind, the kind of summer filled with outdoor activities and sports.  He has told Martin of the memorable childhood experiences he and his brother had on the island with Aunt Lenore. 

With a great amount of dread, Martin climbed into the car to begin a journey across several states to “The Island of Beyond.”  The author, Elizabeth Atkinson, lets you know of the struggle Martin has to get in a boat at the end of the road.  He will try to cooperate because his Mom has promised to call and pick him up if it does not work out.

Solo is a boy Aunt Lenore calls Samuel. Solo knows how to live on his own but he has not learned to read.  Gradually they become friends, even though Solo calls him “Martian.”  

A book of Morse code does not interest Solo but Martin insists someone on the mountain is sending a flashlight Morse code for SOS, a call for help. What Solo knows must be done is a great effort for both boys.


                                       Constance Kerby Cole