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COLLEEN

Children's Librarian

colleen-f@eastlakelibrary.org

Colleen is a bit of a "Jack of all trades, master of none" since some days she's in the Children's Room and some days she's in the Teen Room. (Just don't ask her what she likes better because she has fun in both rooms.) However, Colleen's top priority remains with the teens. She oversees the Young Adult (YA) collection, teen volunteers, Middle School Advisory Board (MSAB) and Teen Advisory Board (TAB), and programming for middle/high school patrons. Outside of work, Colleen can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field cheering for her youngest daughter, enjoying time with her two young adult daughters, making up reasons for family get-togethers, and answering to the every need of the head of household, the family cat Anya B. 

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NICOLE

Grandmaster Video Editor

nicole-f@eastlakelibrary.org

Nicole is a former classroom teacher and current Mom to three humans as well as to a menagerie of furry, feathery, and scaly rescue pets. Her two pug dogs, Molly and Luna, love when she has time to snuggle and read to them. (Even though they do tend to fall asleep and snore loudly.) She is currently working on her second graduate degree at USF in Library Sciences. When she's not working, carpooling, making a family dinner, or studying, you can find her nose in a science fiction, magical realism, or fantasy novel. If you don't see her behind the Children's Reference desk, she's sure to be tending the garden, or editing a video for our virtual programs. Nicole enjoys creating fun youth programs as well as helping readers find a new favorite book, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

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YOSHI

Library Pet

Eyelash Crested Gecko

Yoshi Pookie Pookerson is an eyelash crested gecko. She joined our Youth Services team on October 6th, 2021 after our young patrons successfully read 5,000 books during our 2021 Summer Reading Program. She enjoys taking naps and resting in leaf hammocks. Be sure to say hello the next time you visit!

Actors Rehearsing

KALEY

Craft Connoisseur 

kaley-b@eastlakelibrary.org

Kaley is an absolute blast to be around. Her creative ideas flow out and through her pen to her paper, and out into the Children’s Room. She’s the craft (and artistic) master in the Children’s Department, and is always looking for new fun, creative, and exciting new crafts for the children to enjoy. When not working, she auditions for local films in the area, setting herself up for actress stardom! All-in-all she’s a bubbly, fun, ready for anything kind of girl, and always looking to help those in need. You can always catch a smile on her face when you come into the Children’s Room!

Outdoor Reading

SUSAN

Children's Librarian

susan-s@eastlakelibrary.org

Susan Schuler has been a children's librarian for 21 years, mostly in suburban NY and now here in FL. In 2005, she was named a New York Times Librarian of the Year. When she's not at the library, Miss Sue can be found researching her family history. She loves to help people find just the right book. Bark George and Phantom Tollbooth are just two of her favorite books. (There are hundreds!) The best part of her job is singing and dancing with babies and toddlers. She is not a professional singer, but you probably already knew that. 

Fantasy Horse

Nionni

Children's/Youth Department Outreach Coordinator

nionni-p@eastlakelibrary.org

Nionni is the newest member of the children’s department. She just moved to Florida from Michigan and is already enjoying the warm sunny weather. She loves to read science fiction, memoirs, and fantasy novels. Nionni is currently a student at USF getting her masters in library information science.  In her free time, she is probably watching funny sitcoms, reading, shopping, or going on trips with her friends and family.