TRL Employee eNewsletter January / February 2021

What does it mean to you to be an advocate of Timberland Regional Library?

With your deep knowledge and experience of TRL’s resources, services and programs, coupled with your knowledge of the community in which you work and sometimes live, and your “why” of why you do this compelling work, you have the opportunity to share with so many people how TRL can contribute to one’s quality of life. You are the impetus! Need additional support on how to articulate advocacy? Read up on advocacy at ALA.org, speak with your Supervisor, and practice, practice, practice.

Advocacy is for all of us to do on a regular basis!

Happy advocating!


Click HERE view the 2020 Annual Report eMagazine, created by Stephanie C.

2020 was indeed a year like no other and this year's Annual Report is a great reminder of how much can be accomplished over the course of a year. Do you remember helping patrons with the 2020 Census, or the excitement of announcing that we went fine free? View the 2020 Annual Report eMagazine for a recap of the entire year by clicking HERE.

"I miss you! Please stay safe and thank you for all your help and support during the closures. TRL and their librarians rock!" -Carolyn N

Advocacy for our Patrons

Our February 2021 Patron eNewsletter focused on highlighting our favorite resources honoring Black History Month selected by library staff. We also encouraged readers to learn more about this year's theme for Black History Month, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, by visiting the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's website: asalh.org

Shortly after sending out the eNewsletter, we began to receive positive responses from patrons.

"Very impressive tribute to Black History Month. Kudos!" -Reggie
"I find this celebration of Black history month is wonderful" -Cheryl

We have received many comments over the past year expressing appreciation whenever efforts are made to recognize and celebrate the diversity amongst our patrons. Thank you to our staff for the important work that you do to help make all our patrons feel welcome at the library.

Here are a few thoughts on Black History Month shared by our staff. Thank you Juliet and Bernard.

"Black History Month is a time to celebrate the resiliency, determination and contributions of African Americans and other Black Americans. It is also a month when we are reminded that inclusivity and diversity are the cornerstone of our community." -Juliet LH, Community Engagement Librarian
"Black History Month is a time of rejoicing, celebrating and thanking the ancestors for giving us hope plus life lessons that we continue to use to create a better future." - Bernard W, Librarian

Staff Anniversary Milestones

Send your congratulations to staff members who celebrated their milestone anniversaries this January and February!


30 Years

Mary R. (SC)

5 Years

Nori S. (EL)

1 Year

Rose E.W. (SC)
Matthew S. (SC)


45 Years

Maralee M. (SC)

15 Years

Deb P. (WI)

10 Years

Ann H. (RA)

5 Years

Kendra J. (SC)

Get to know your newest co-workers

Stephanie Hope-Cochran

Olympia Library Manager

Olympia’s new Library Manager Stephanie's first day was February 16.

Hobbies: Cooking, binge watching TV shows, beading, and stargazer

Education/Training: - Inner-City school graduate from Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Union Institute and University Major Secondary Education, Wayne State University – Library and Information Science

Favorite Music: Old School R&B

Favorite Book: I love urban fiction and have been recently reading a lot of contemporary Black authors and their personal memoirs. I am currently reading Hidden Sins by Selena Montgomery aka Stacey Abrams.

Favorite Travel Spot: Anywhere once Covid-19 permits

Favorite Restaurant: - Anything with seafood but especially Dixie Crossroads a Titusville, FL seafood restaurant

Favorite Quote: Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. – Sidney Sheldon

Fun Fact: Other than me being a true foodie, I was taught how to play the violin, piano and clarinet.

What inspired you to work in libraries? The opportunity to assist others with their quest for information, be it personal growth, educational enrichment, or cultural development. It is truly a fulfilling experience when you can help contribute to others moving past a milepost in life and learning something from the process as well.

Keith Perry

Finance Director

Keith has over 20 years of experience in the for profit and public sectors. Keith also created his own company providing financial, accounting and business consulting services around the world.

Hobbies: Biking, losing golf balls, gardening, cleaning up after my dog, life coach for my college-age kids.

Education/Training: Masters in business administration.

Favorite Music: Ween

Favorite Book: Thud! By Terry Pratchett or Love, Freedom, Aloneness by Osho

Favorite Travel Spot: Southern France, or any place with trees. Or a desert.

Favorite Restaurant: The one that is open at the moment…

Favorite Quote: “I'm smart enough to know that I'm dumb.”― Richard Feynman

What do you like best about your job/TRL? I enjoy making sense out of accounting so that people can do their jobs.

What inspired you to work in libraries? Public service and having a direct, lasting impact on our community.


Peter B.

Peter B. accepted the Operations Supervisor position at the Aberdeen Timberland Library.
"Peter brings a vision for current and future Aberdeen Library Services. He also brings experience in responding effectively to difficult patron interactions and a passion for team growth opportunities. He has worked for TRL for 8 years and is excited to grow in a new role as a supervisor." -Stephenie R, AB Library Manager

Erin S.

Erin S. has accepted the Library Manager 2 position at the Shelton Timberland Library.
"Erin brings her experience as the current Aberdeen Operations Supervisor where she not only leads a great team but leads the community engagement piece for the Aberdeen renovation project and brings past experience as the supervisor for the Aberdeen circulation team, Westport, and Amanda Park libraries." -Jessica F, District Manager: Youth and Family Services

Thank you Steve C.

"Special kudos and thanks goes to Steve (IT Coordinator - Systems), who has worked tirelessly, taking on and learning a wide variety of new IT tasks in 2020 and 2021. We would not be where we are now, without your efforts." -Cheryl H

Advocate for the library

Our partnerships with local groups and organizations make a big difference for all parties involved, including the residents within our 5 counties.

Our deepest thanks to the Nisqually Indian Tribe, on whose traditional lands we reside, for their generosity and continued support for this community event.

Lacey Loves to Read is a community reading initiative designed to generate the discussion and celebrations of a notable author and the Nisqually Indian Tribe has awarded $6,500 in charitable funds to the Friends of the Lacey Library, 100% of which will be passed through to the Lacey Loves to Read Committee in support of the 2021 Lacey Loves to Read Virtual Celebration.

Thurston County Food Bank

In the 4th quarter, employees at the Service Center donated $265.90 to the Thurston County Food Bank.

"We got a nice thank you letter from the Thurston County Food Bank that I wanted to share. It talks about how donations are being utilized during the Coronavirus pandemic which has increased need for their services." -Rachel S, Collection Services Specialist
Click the images to read the letter.

The Parental Compass

Watch the video HERE. Listen to the audio HERE.

Cheryl H. and Jessica F. were recently featured on an episode of The Parental Compass, a podcast by Family Education & Support Services to provide evidence based parenting information and ideas. Cheryl and Jessica spoke about steps that can be taken to help young children, ages 0-5, to develop coordination and language skills.

More Storytrail Options

In addition to the Storytrails at Mountain View and Olympia, Hoodsport and Elma have been working with their community partners.

"Annie received the okay to work with the Hoodsport Port 80-acre park near Lake Cushman and Dee received the okay from Summit Pacific Hospital. It’s great to see the story time trails expanding!" -Cheryl H

The Community Engagement Team is reaching out to East Lewis County residents to determine how best to serve patrons. As part of the first phase of the outreach initiative, TRL has posted a survey on the location pages of East Lewis County libraries, including Packwood and Mountain View, until the end of March. Help spread the word and share THIS link.

Library Savings

We have received responses from patrons letting us know how much the library saved them last year based on this calculator by ilovelibraries.com. The largest amount saved was $8,405.95!

Social Media

Do you have ideas for social media posts? Share them with the Social Media Team and join the team to participate in discussions.

Take a look at some of the pictures and quotes from staff for the #winterself-care social media campaign sharing ways to take care of ourselves during the winter.

"During the stay at home order I started playing around with Sculpey and building fun little do-dads, now building things with clay has become my self care." -Carolynn W, Library Assistant
"Today on my day off I went skiing!! Safe outdoor sport. Really lifts my spirit to breathe deep and enjoy the outdoors." -Mary P, MV Library Manager
"Here are some of the places where we go for walks...It grounds me somehow, and helps me to focus on the beauty of nature." -Susan HL, AP Library Manager

Advocate for Each Other

Help bring attention to the amazing work that your co-workers are doing. Our work makes a difference. Email creativeservices@trl.org to advocate for someone who deserves it.


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