MEET THE STAFF
Nick Wilczek, the Library Director, has been with GHCL since October. Prior to living in Portland he was the Branch Manager of the Arcata Library in Humboldt County, CA. He is from Kentucky. Things Nick loves: books & movies, Hank Williams, Kentucky Wildcats basketball, his dog, and being outdoors. He is a professional wrestling enthusiast.
It's no accident that "Grace Poole" rhymes with "tres cool". Garden Home's Adult Services Programming Librarian is the product of a lab experiment to create the ultimate Librarian. She can leap a bibliographic record in a single bound, lasso unwieldy reference questions with one hand tied behind her back, and lift the entire circulation desk with her inquisitive mind. With Grace in charge of library programs, no patron need ever suffer the indignation of ennui again.
Katrina Ehrnman-Newton is Garden Home’s Youth Services Librarian, coming to Portland from the foggy coastline of Humboldt County, CA. She comes equipped with alarmingly endless energy which probably comes from nefarious sources, and four years of branch management experience emphasizing programming for families. She lives with her husband Kris and their three cats - Kat, Shy Guy, and Pumpkin - and sometimes dresses like a real-life Ms. Frizzle.
Eric Danko supervises the circulation department, manages the website, and makes up half of the tech services wizardry guild (Hey Kate). A paraprofessional cat-wrangler and an avid reader of both science-fiction and magical realism, he has been involved with WCCLS since 1999 and has worked for GHCL since May of 2015.
Heather is the Adult Services Programmer, which means she plans and markets the library's events for adults. Heather also processes and requests Interlibrary Loans, which are items retrieved from outside WCCLS. She has worked at GHCL since Sept. 2009 and is currently working on getting her Masters in Library Science. Heather doesn't have a favorite genre, but she does have the propensity to read Pacific Northwest and Southern authors, as well as anything about music, NASA and shipwrecks.
Kate has worked at GHCL since 2013. She makes up half of the tech services wizardry guild (Hey Eric) which processes and repairs library materials. Her interests include: Hiking in the Columbia Gorge, thinking about what superpower she’d like to have (perception filter), and re-watching old episodes of Battlestar Galactica. She has action figures of Zoe Washburne and Jillian Holtzmann on her desk, and talks to them sometimes. She is good at spelling.
Julie has been working at GHL for about 5 years now. She does various little things around the library, but her main task is working on the desk, helping patrons with circulation issues or questions. Julie has been using this library since she was little, and it is still one of her favorite places to be.
John was born in Boise, and has lived in three other states since then. After retiring from 42 years in the insurance industry, he decided to come pitch in at GHCL as an on-call staff member. He is an avid cycler and has ridden from Astoria to the Redwoods in a single trip! He has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America over the years, and has taken Scouts on rides everywhere from Oregon to Magadan, Russia. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and cooking, and gets a chance every so often to visit his son, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughter in Boulder, CO.
Steve is a husband, father, musician, and Portland Public School recycler. It has been his delight to work on-call at GHCL since October of 2015. When not at the library, Steve plays both electric and upright bass in six bands. It keeps him busy and gives him a much-needed creative output!
Claire is one of our pages and has been with GHCL since September 2016. She currently attends Beaverton High School. Claire is an Aries and enjoys long walks on the beach. She is also passionate about Food Network.