Melissa Colasinski was born in Danville, Illinois and spent most of her growing up years on the East Coast. As a kid she got to travel and live in many different states. The last place she moved to with her family was Arvada, which is how she ended up in Colorado. She landed on the Western Slope when her husband got a job in Glenwood Springs. Melissa now lives in Silt with her husband and two sons. She also has a grown daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. She’s a pet lover and the proud owner of three dogs and three fish tanks.
You may have seen Janine Rose at any or all of the branches of Garfield County Libraries in the 14 years. Janine was the long-time Branch Manager in Silt until she left that position a few years ago to join the library administrative team. Once again, her job has shifted and you will see her most often at the Rifle Branch.
Rhonda was taught early the value of books and reading. She was blessed to have a mother who loved her, and who read to her daily before she started school. Her mom encouraged learning and filled their home, and Rhonda’s life, with books. During her school years, devoted teachers found time weekly to take Rhonda’s class to the school library and there were also field trips to the local public library. No wonder she is a lifelong reader and learner!
Mollie Honan received the call to librarianship her senior year of high school. The sign came from the book Ex-Libris by Ross King. Not many would find themselves envious of a wrinkled old man who handled even more wrinkled manuscripts every day, but such was the case. There were, of course, other signs: a love of books, a love of reading (yes, there is a difference), and a superior role model in the form of her high school librarian, Karol Sacca (now Branch Manager of the Parachute Branch Library).
Kelsy Been is the Grant Coordinator for the Garfield County Libraries, aka the libraries’ grant-writing-wizard-extraordinaire. Kelsy works tirelessly to find funding for the many programs the Library District hosts. She is responsible for bringing the “GoToWorkshops@YourLibrary” program to the libraries through a LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant awarded last fall. One of Kelsy’s greatest grant writing achievements to date is securing the Discover Earth Exhibit: only 10 libraries around the country were selected for this museum-quality exhibit.
Karol Sacca is an addict…yep, that’s right: she’s addicted to books, always has been, and always will be she freely admits. A Colorado native, she grew up reading anything the town library had in stock. The love of literature led her to a teaching career and eventually into the school library. Her career there spanned over 30 years. After retiring several years ago, Karol joined the Parachute Branch Library as the manager.
In the past three years she and her team saw the old library completely remodeled and reopened to record breaking business. The library is a showcase for the community, and the community room is in high demand.
Amy is an overachiever. This is something she will freely admit. Anything she does, she does with all of her heart and soul. Amy has been the Youth Services Librarian at the Rifle Branch for 3 years. She absolutely loves the storytime kids and they love her. They come into the library asking, “Where is Miss Amy?” They are ready for songs, flannel board stories and a new adventure with books. Maybe one of the reasons the kids love Miss Amy so much is because she doesn’t mind being goofy.