TRL Employee eNewsletter May / June 2021

Acknowledging Gratefulness and Milestones

We know celebrating milestones is important - it is important to the individual, to the team and to the organization.

On a personal note, this past May marked my 25th anniversary with Timberland Regional Library. My, time flies! When I reflect back on my library career, the first feeling that comes to my mind is gratitude – grateful to my former professors, supervisors and managers who saw my potential when I did not see it fully, and who mentored me in a variety of positions such as Library Assistant, Librarian, Collection Development Specialist, Senior Library Manager, Public Services Manager and Executive Director. I am so grateful for the continued experience of working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees and grateful to you for your exemplary service.

For those of you celebrating TRL milestones this year, congratulations!

- Cheryl

New TRL Location

West Olympia Timberland Library located at Capital Mall in Olympia, WA opened to the public on June 1, 2021. Thank you to all staff involved in the this project, with a special shout out to Brenda M.

The announcement of TRL's 28th location was met with excitement, receiving great feedback from patrons as well as coverage in The Olympian and Jolt News. Olympia Library Manager Stephanie Hope-Cochran and Cheryl Heywood were also interviewed by Doug Dahlgren on KGY 95.3 FM, KAYO 96.9 FM, and KAYO Legends 96.9.

"This is the smartest location for a new library. Bravo to whoever made this happen. People want to be in a safe place, read and get books, get a coffee and go for a walk. This lets us do all those things in one place. Thank you. Genius and remarkable." - Lindsey H, Patron

Images from Opening Day

It's that time of year again! Our annual Summer Library Program launched on June 1, 2021 and will run through August 31, 2021. Huge shout out to all staff who made this year's Summer Library Program possible.

SLP School Visits

Virtual School Visits were created by TRL staff to ensure all students have the opportunity to enjoy SLP this year. View a few examples from our various SLP playlists.

School Visit Video created by Erin M

Pre-K - 1st Grade

Featuring: Alexis H, Erika L, and Sarah L

2nd - 3rd Grade

Featuring: Kären M and Jared C

4th - 5th Grade

Featuring: Erica M, Elizabeth K, and Mike M

6th - 12th Grade

Featuring: Raina S, Elizabeth K, and Sara W


Featuring: Jenna A

Featuring: Kären M

Summer Library Song 2021

An original song was written for the Summer Library Program this year. This project included contributions from Torey Y, Stefan AErin M, Chris S, and Westley W. All instruments were recorded separately and shared via Teams and OneDrive.

Meet the Musicians

Torey Y

Torey wrote the lyrics and music for the SLP theme songs in 2018, 2020, and 2021. Torey's guitar and lead vocals were the first parts recorded and completed for the 2021 song.

Stefan A

Stefan organized the project and put together a team of five TRL musicians to collaborate. Stefan plays ukulele on this song.

Erin M

Erin has showcased her musical talents in a variety of popular videos on our Youtube channel. Check out Count It, Takeout at the Curbside, and Alphabet Jam for a few examples. Erin recorded drums and vocals for the 2021 SLP song.

Chris S

Chris has created a variety of inventive, fun, and engaging music videos for TRL patrons to enjoy. Available on our Youtube channel, examples include I Think I'll Be a Dog Today and Two Little Blackbirds. Chris recorded the banjo and vocals for the 2021 SLP song.

Westley W

Westley worked on the music video and recorded the vibrarphone and xylophone for this year's theme song.

Anniversary Milestones

Congratulations to our staff members who celebrated their milestone anniversaries this May and June!


Cheryl H - 25 Years

Michael M - 15 Years

Carolynn W - 10 Years

"My favorite thing about working at TRL is getting to interact with the kids. Watching them grow up from itty bitties to young adults and to help them find new books to read as their interests change and grow has been very fun!" - Carolynn W

Rebekka S - 5 Years


Liz B - 15 Years

"I was hired in August 2004 as a Substitute (with no promise of any hours, but I tended to work 30-35 hours most weeks as a Sub, back in the day when Sub hours were generously used). It's actually been 17 years but the first 2 were not as a 'regular' employee until I was hired fulltime." - Liz B

Jessica F - 10 Years

"TRL has played a big role in my life both personally and vocationally. First as a six-year-old obsessed with Richard Scarry's Busytown books at the Aberdeen Library, then as a teen who discovered big novels and comics from the 1920's. Timberland gave me the opportunity to become a volunteer and an intern, launching me into my career as a librarian. Over the last ten years, as my roles and responsibilities change and grow, my desire to provide meaningful library services to our communities, supporting my coworkers in reaching their full potential, and creating positive associations with the library has not changed." - Jessica F

Carrie S - 5 Years

"Reflecting on the last 5 years of working with Timberland Regional Library I am grateful, still excited about my work and love my job as much as I did when I started. Every day I "GET" to come to work. Which is a great outlook on one's job. There are so many things to list about what I love but top of the list is the patron interaction and helping to the best of my ability and resources. My goal every day is to smile at every patron and say 'hello' " - Carrie S

Donna M - 5 Years

"Really grateful to be working alongside TRL’s diverse and inventive team of library people. Everyone is fabulous." - Donna M

Meet our newest co-workers

Mwawi M - IT Specialist II

Hobbies: Basketball, Cycling, Hiking and Travelling

Education/Training: Computer Information Systems and Telecommunications

Favorite Music: RnB, Kwaito Music, African House and Afro Beats

Favorite Book: Anything by Sidney Sheldon

Favorite Travel Spot: African Safari’s and Bali

Favorite Restaurant: Indian and Thai

Favorite Quote: “It takes Love to Know Love, In Order for Love to Love Itself” By Mwawi M Mfuni

Fun Fact: I understand 9 African Languages and am at 19 Countries out of my goal of 50 to visit in the world. I’ve done the Lion walk and seen the Victoria Falls 3 times.

What do you like best about your job/TRL? The People and culture.

What inspired you to work in libraries? The gift of giving knowledge to society is one of the greatest honors.

Vivian H - Finance Specialist

Hobbies: Cooking, Painting, Gardening, Traveling, and playing with my German Shephard. 😊

Education/Training: Associate degree of Science in Accounting, Associate degree of Business Administration

Favorite Music: Classic music, Gospel music

Favorite Book: True Crime

Favorite Travel Spot: Hawaii

Favorite Restaurant: Din Tai Fung

Favorite Quote: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Fun Fact: I am fluent in Mandarin (Chinese)

What do you like best about your job/TRL? The people and a lot of books.

What inspired you to work in libraries? I have a team role: I work collaboratively and with respect with colleagues and other teams. I strive to have good organizational skills and work well under pressure. I am dependable and hardworking.

I have a career development role: I am curious, and am willing to learn and develop new skills.

Audrey G - Library Assistant

Hobbies: Reading, knitting, crochet, looming potholders, writing, and adventuring with my husband

Education/Training: BA in English Literature, concentration in Creative Writing, minor in Women’s Studies; MA in Information Research and Library Science; working on MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Favorite Music: Hozier, Birdy, Alanis Morissette, and anything alternative 90s vibe

Favorite Book: Fiction: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; Nonfiction: Born for Love by Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

Favorite Travel Spot: Astoria, Oregon; Bruges, Belgium; and anywhere along the Rheine River in Germany

Favorite Restaurant: Olympia Oyster House

Favorite Quote: “You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.” – Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Fun Fact: Despite growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, I have STILL never seen the Grand Canyon

What do you like best about your job/TRL? I love working with patrons!

What inspired you to work in libraries? I was an early reader and an avid one, thus libraries were my favorite place to go to pick out new books to read. As I got older, I became more aware of the important social services that libraries provide their communities, safeguarding the free and open access to information for all people, not just those who can afford it. It is an honor to serve my community through connecting them with resources that entertain, educate, support, and encourage.

Lane M - Library Assistant

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, hiking

Education/Training: Washington State University, B.A. 2012

Favorite Music: All different kinds

Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Favorite Travel Spot: Probably Japan, I haven't been there.....yet.

Favorite Restaurant: Tin Tin Tea - Lacey, W.A.

Favorite Quote: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde

Fun Fact: The ancient Greeks believed that redheads could become vampires

What do you like best about your job/TRL? The incredibly supportive and encouraging staff. I have felt very welcomed since I've started. Thank you.

What inspired you to work in libraries? When I was in my final semester at W.S.U., I had an internship with their Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections department. In this position I was tasked with digitizing old documents, ranging in age from a few decades to several hundred years old. The experience was utterly fascinating, and I had a lot of fun surprisingly, considering I had no interest in libraries prior to this. This experience gave me a deep appreciation of libraries and how they help all of us, both in preserving history and in helping educate us in the present for a better future.

"Please welcome Izzy and Lizz to our group... We are so glad to have them both on our Bilingual Team!" - Susan F

Izzy T - Library Assistant

Hobbies: Reading, Watching Anime, Baking

Favorite Music: K-Music & Latin Indie

Favorite Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Favorite Travel Spot: Oaxaca

Favorite Restaurant: Peking House

What inspired you to work in libraries? I've always loved the library, I spent most of my childhood here and also volunteered as a Teen. I love the environment, the people, and I wanted the opportunity to help and give back to the community.

Lizz B - Library Assistant

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, researching random information

Education/Training: MLS from Texas Women's University/ Worked for Pierce County Library and SPSCC Library

Favorite music: All-across the board

Favorite travel spot: I have a revolving list

Favorite quote: Grand Canyon and any beach/ocean

Favorite Restaurant: Not a specific restaurant but I am always up for sushi or Greek food

Fun Fact: I am first generation in the US

What do you like best about your job/TRL? Working with people, both patrons and co-workers

What inspired you to work in libraries? I had a Library work study job my first year in college and became interested in becoming a Librarian, which took some twists in different directions for a while (social work in non-profits)


Jenny P

Jenny was promoted to Library Manager 2 at South Bend and Raymond on May 16, 2021

Ann H

Ann was promoted to Librarian 1 on June 1, 2021

Meghan M

Meghan was promoted to Mobile Services Specialist on June 1, 2021

Andrea H

Andrea's position was reclassified on June 1, 2021 to Content and Access Director, which includes Collection Services and IT

Steve C

Steve's position was reclassified from IT Coordinator Systems to IT Manager on June 1, 2021

Kim S

On June 1, 2021 Kim's position was reclassified from Collection Development Librarian to Collection Services Manager

TRL Social Media

Do you have an SLP event to promote? Complete the form to request a social media post (for TRL staff only).

Interested in joining the Social Media Team? Contact Sarah O.

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