New Wyoming Branch Librarians

East Central Regional Library is pleased to welcome Bruce Willms and Debbie Willms as the new Branch Librarians at the Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library.  Bruce and Debbie succeed Erica Myhre, who left us last fall to take a new position in Washington County.  Debbie and Bruce (yes, they’re married) are sharing Branch Librarian duties, and will each be in the branch about 20 hours a week.  Debbie will have primary responsibility for programming and children and teen activities, while Bruce will handle day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining East Central Regional Library, Debbie spent most of her library career at St Paul Public Library, beginning as a library specialist, then moving to become a supervisor in the West Seventh branch, and finally become Deputy Director.  Becoming Branch Librarian in Wyoming pulls her back into library public services for the first time in a long time.

Bruce has spent his career in many libraries throughout the Twin Cities, including the East Side Freedom Library, Metropolitan State University Library, Ramsey County Library and Hennepin County Library systems, and Macalester College Library. He came to East Central Regional Library a little over a year ago as a Library Assistant in Wyoming. He served as interim Branch Librarian during the search for a new librarian.

East Central Regional Library is thrilled to be able to call on the years of library experience both Bruce and Debbie bring with them to the Wyoming Branch.

If you haven’t yet, please stop by the library to say hello and welcome them to Wyoming.


Welcome Mandie!

ECRL is pleased to say a belated “Welcome!” to Miranda (Mandie) Krueger as the new Branch Librarian in Aitkin.  Mandie succeeds Katie Pierce, who left us this summer to take a new position in the Twin Cities.

Mandie is currently enrolled in the University of Kentucky‘s School of Information Science to obtain her MLS degree, and hopes to finish within a year and a half.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, with a BA in History and German Studies.

Prior to joining ECRL, Mandie worked for Bemidji Public Library as a Library Assistant, moving up from a substitute assistant to a Library Assistant III, where she worked at the circulation and information desk, and doing collection development, teen/young adult services, and programming.

Mandie started with ECRL on August 21st, and she and her husband Dan recently closed on a house in Aitkin.  She is excited to take on the role of Branch Librarian for the Aitkin community and has already gotten off to a great start, adding storytimes to her list of library talents — all while starting her school semester and settling in to the new house!

If you haven’t yet, please stop by the library to say hello and welcome her to Aitkin.