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Author: Alison Gowans

From school tours to solving problems in emergencies, Jessica Musil keeps things running at the Library

Senior Administrative Assistant Jessica Musil has been an integral presence behind the scenes since before both the current Downtown and Ladd Library locations opened. She’s our latest featured staff member in our series introducing the people of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. What does your job typically include? My primary role is to assist the… View more

‘Making the community a better place’ is the goal for Ladd Library Branch Manager Stephanie Hall

Meet the Staff For this week’s staff profile, meet Ladd Library Branch Manager Stephanie Hall, who started working at the Library in 2015. What does your job typically include? I manage the building, so I take care of maintenance issues by informing those who can help. I keep track of staff with breaks and lunches,… View more

Want to program a robot or make slime? Librarian Jen Eilers can help

Meet the Staff Programming Librarian Jen Eilers is our newest featured staff member in our series introducing the people of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Jen started working here just over two years ago. What does your job typically include? It’s hard to say what I typically do because programming is such a varied job…. View more

Ladd Library Supervisor Tina Pipkin loves helping patrons learn new technology

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff Our series profiling Library staff continues with Ladd Library Branch Supervisor Tina Pipkin, who has been with the Library since 2015. What does your job typically include? Working closely with the Ladd staff and problem solving, helping with reference as needed, and helping patrons with library related questions,… View more

A year later, Library staff and volunteers recall helping with derecho response

When the derecho roared through Cedar Rapids a year ago, Ladd Library Branch Manager Stephanie Hall wasn’t at the library on Cedar Rapids’ west side. But she could see how bad things were, and she called Branch Supervisor Tina Pipkin to check in. The building had only been reopened on a limited basis for computer… View more

New Library team member Linden Galloway loves cooking and science fiction

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff One of the newest Library staff members is Programming Librarian Linden Galloway. He started at the Library at the end of July, and we wanted to introduce him as part of our ongoing series profiling Library staff. What does your job typically include? I just started, so mostly… View more

Karla McMurrin has worked at every Library building in more than 40 years on staff

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week in our ongoing series introducing Library staff, meet Patron Services Specialist Karla McMurrin. Karla has worked at the Library since 1980 and has held numerous jobs at the Library over the last 41 years. These days, she can usually be found Downtown. What made you want… View more

Children reading to dogs is one of Patron Services Specialist Melia Tatman’s favorite Library memories

Meet the Cedar Rapids Public Library staff This week in our ongoing series introducing Library staff, meet Patron Services Specialist Melia Tatman. Melia has worked at the Library since 1998 and can most often be found at Ladd Library. What does your job typically include? Guiding patrons in all aspects of the library experience, from… View more