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Fond Farewell to Beloved Staff

Debbie Chevron and Karen Nicholson are about to retire after 37 and 8 years with the Library, respectively. 

Debbie began on September 20, 1982. She has seen many changes to Camas and the Library, but what hasn't changed is Debbie's wicked sense of humor and her wonderful way with children. Miss Debbie has been providing storytime for decades - so long that sometimes she recognizes parents in her storytimes as children who used to attend years ago! Debbie recently started the Haunted Happenings Spooky Story Writing Contest, which has proven extremely popular with our local elementary schools. Her legacy will live on for generations to come.

Karen began as a Substitute Library Page in 2011 and quickly became a permanent Library Associate, tackling thousands of storytimes since her appointment in August of 2013. She launched the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which has helped so many children prepare for school. Karen received the Most Inspirational Award from the City of Camas this past year due to her dedication to her community. Karen's impact on the Library and Camas community will be felt for years to come. 

To say we will miss these two is a woeful understatement. Thank you for all you have given to the Library. 

Three new Library Associates are starting in December. We're thrilled to welcome:

Vanessa Perger -- Vanessa was previously a Library Aide with our Community Engagement team, and she will continue on in our Community Engagement division. She is extremely talented when it comes to creative and fun displays, and she gets rave reviews from patrons and staff alike. She'll have the storytime for toddlers and work with our volunteers at First Friday events, among other responsibilities.

Elliot Stapleton --  Elliot worked for us as a Substitute Library Associate about a year ago, until he left for a full-time position elsewhere. In the last year, he's been doing outreach and storytimes, and while he loved the work, he wanted to do it in his home community of Camas. Lucky for us, because Elliot is fantastic! He'll be joining the Community Engagement team, providing preschool storytimes and some outreach. 

Leah Burch -- Leah has been a Substitute Library Associate for us since August, while doing double duty as Access Services Coordinator at Natural University of Natural Medicine in Portland. Her understanding of acquisitions and the overall philosophy of access in libraries are key to her new role on our Content Delivery team. While Leah will be focusing primarily on cataloging, she will also play a pivotal role on our User Experience and Display teams. 

    Kids can now write letters to our friend Hollie, the North Pole Librarian! She will return the letters beginning December 16th. If you would like to help Hollie respond to the children of Camas please let us know. We'll be working on the response letters on a rolling basis during the week of December 9th.

    Repair Cafe Fixes Items and Breaks a Record

    A huge thanks to Columbia Springs for coming out once again to host its popular Repair Cafe on November 16th. It was the biggest event in its history, with 172 items repaired throughout the day. This made for an 89% repair rate, and some very happy patrons. We love our community partners!

    Photos from all of our October and November events
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    camaspubliclibraryFire safety at preschool storytime! Thanks Ben P. and Trevor from Station 41!
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    camaspubliclibraryHellen’s friend Frank couldn’t wait for Haunted Happenings on Saturday. . . . #camaspubliclibrary #camaslibrary #creepinitreal #camaswashington
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    • Help us turn our Storytime Room into an Early Learning Center. This will allow parents and caregivers to engage in interactive, fun activities that promote early literacy even when there's not a formal Library program in progress. Follow this link to learn more and to donate:
    • Adopt a family in crisis from our Giving Tree, in partnership with Project Holiday Hope.
    • Donate gift wrap, ribbons, or bows to contribute to next year's Friends & Foundation (FFCL) gift wrap fundraiser. 
    • Visit the FFCL Book Sale, Wednesday December 4th - Monday, December 9th. All proceeds go to support the Library.
    • Volunteer with the Friends & Foundation of the Camas Library. Find out how, and other ways to support the FFCL at
    • Volunteer with the Second Story Gallery Society. They are responsible for the marvelous rotating art shows you see every month, but they can't do it alone. Please email if you'd like to help.
    Community Engagement

     Best Small Libraries, Judy Wile

    Community Engagement: Beyond the Buzz, Ellen Miles


    ◘ Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges in 30 Days to Become the Leader You Would Follow by Scott Jeffrey Miller, Ellen Miles

    Content Delivery

     Increasing Library Usage Through Strategic Marketing, Debbie Chevron, Vanessa Perger, Danielle Reynolds, Kaysie Taylor, Connie Urquhart, Judy Wile
    Library UX Design, Debbie Chevron, Hannah Deslatte, Christopher Knipes, Vanessa Perger, Danielle Reynolds, Kaysie Taylor, Connie Urquhart, Judy Wile

    Professional Growth

    The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin, Connie Urquhart

    What We're Reading

    From our Current or Just Read piles. 

    Upcoming Events

    Culture, Cookies, and Crafts on December 14th from 3:30-5:30. See more events on our calendar at

    Camas Public Library

    616 NE 4th Ave, Camas
    WA 98607 United States

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