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. 

Actors Rehearsing


Craft Connoisseur

Kaley is a shy yet outgoing girl, the newest employee to the Children's department, and she absolutely adores working here. Any task that is handed to her, she is filled with determination to complete that task. When not working, her aspiring dreams of becoming an actress and model come true. She attends her acting and modeling classes in downtown Tampa, bringing 110% to achieve her dreams. Also having such a creative mind, her train of imagination never seems to end. All in all, she is wonderful to be around, and you can always catch a smile on her face.

Outdoor Reading


Children's Librarian

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. 

Music Performance


Danielle is a fun-loving library assistant. When she's not at work, she is usually playing video games or reading manga. Her favorite children's books include The Tea Dragon Festival, and Oh My Gods! She is a graphic novel enthusiast and constantly makes recommendations for the library's graphic novel and manga collections. She is currently working towards getting a degree in Linguistics and World Cultures.

Studio Photography Session


Grandmaster Video Editor

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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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!