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Highlights from our new reference service

Library staff are poised to answer any and all questions, and if they don't know the answer, they'll find someone who does. Sometimes, however, questions take more time than we can reasonably give when other patrons are waiting in line at the Service Desk. These are most often technology-related in nature but as diverse as traditional reference questions.

To meet the needs of our patrons who feel more comfortable with extra time, we began offering 30-minute, One-on-One Tech Help sessions in December. This way, there's no pressure: a patron can arrive at his/her arranged time, retire to a study room with our Tech Tutor, and receive the help they need. We've scheduled staff to be available during this time in excess of the two assigned to the Service Desk, so we're not asking other patrons to wait. It is simply an additional way to engage with the community. 

Our current Tech Tutor, Laura Felter, has kept meticulous notes. Since we began in December, she's offered 14 sessions. A sampling of the issues tackled:

  • A patron migrating from a flip phone to a smartphone and wanting to learn the ins and outs: swiping, accessing wifi, setting up their email, finding apps.
  • Learning about file management and photo storage best practices
  • DVD external hard drive vs. cloud storage
  • Facebook issues: multiple profiles, setting options, etc.

While our Tech Tutor is indeed tech-savvy, just like with any traditional reference question we won't always know the answer. But showing patrons how to research the answer and when to call for professional reinforcements (one of the sessions ended with "time to call Apple Support") teaches our community to fish, as the saying goes.

The easiest way to make an appointment for a help session is to call the Library. We look forward to helping!

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Library welcomes new staff; more on the way

The Library filled roughly half of its vacancies in January, bringing on one part-time employee and two on-call staff. 

  1. Colleen Kawamura, Library Aide. Colleen is a native Pacific Northwesterner, but she got her experience in libraries at the Bee Cave Public Library in Bee Cave, Texas. As bee lovers, we were all abuzz at the name! She is also an animal advocate, which delights us as well.
  2. Laura Felter, Substitute Library Associate. Laura Felter volunteered for the Library for 13 years as a Library Trustee. She has even spent a few nights in the Library as a chaperone for sleepovers. She holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science and worked for many years as a corporate librarian for HP.
  3. Jana Grote, Substitute Library Associate. Jana is a retired biologist with the US Department of Fish and Wildlife. She volunteers with several organizations, among them Columbia Springs and Gorge Refuge Stewards. Jana brought Nature Backpacks to our Library collection through a collaboration between the latter group and the Library. 

In addition to these positions, we are poised to start one more Library Aide in our Content Delivery department, who I'll introduce in the next Director's Report. 

We have two vacancies for Library Aide in our Community Engagement department and that recruitment ends on Friday, February 14th. 

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camaspubliclibraryMeet Elliot! Our new Preschool Storytime Librarian hails from the Midwest and he loves libraries. His favorite picture books are Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur and Last Stop on Market Street. When Elliot’s not at the library he likes to read, go running, listen to music, and he especially loves spending time with his family. Be sure to give Elliot a warm hello the next time you’re in the Library! . . . #camaspubliclibrary #camas #downtown #librariansofinstagram #librarylove
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camaspubliclibraryCan anyone recognize what’s in this photo? You’re looking at the #camaspubliclibrary back when the Camas Fire Department inhabited the area now known as the Children’s Room. If you look closely, you can see the courtyard, too! #flashbackfriday
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Community Engagement

◘ ALA Facilitation Skills for Small & Rural Libraries: Module 1, Connie Urquhart

◘ Alignment & Action: How Engagement and Empathy Work Together, John Goaring

Serving LGBTQIA+ Youth in Your Library, Leah Burch and Judy Wile

◘ Talking About Race in Storytime, Vanessa Perger and Elliot Stapleton

Content Delivery

◘ Exploring the 2020 Tech Landscape, Danielle Reynolds

◘ How Technology Can Improve Your Disaster Plan, Danielle Reynolds


Finding the Will to Find the Way, Christopher Knipes

Professional Growth

◘ Municode Meetings: Agenda Manager Training--Introduction, Christopher Knipes

What We're Reading

From our Current or Just Read piles.

Upcoming Events

Teen Overnight Movie Marathon Lock-in kicks off at 5pm on Friday, February 21. More events at

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WA 98607 United States

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