Each month we will take the opportunity to introduce you to a Library employee.  This month, Youth Services Director Teri Rankin shares a bit about her background and interests.

TeriI started working at the library in 1989, when we were still in the old bank building (now the O’Fallon Historical Society.)  We used a card catalog to locate books and library cards had a metal plate that was like a stencil to print the borrower’s name on each book card.  That seems like a long time ago!  I don’t miss the card catalog, but I do miss the small-town atmosphere I remember from that time.

Packhorse Librarian
Learn more about pack-horse librarians in Down Cut Shin Creek



When I was a kid my Mom didn’t like to drive into the city (Colorado Springs) to go to the library, so we waited in the grocery store parking lot for the book mobile.  I loved boarding what seemed like a camper full of books.  Years later I learned about pack-horse librarians who rode on horseback to bring books, magazines and catalogs to people living in remote areas of Kentucky.  I will always love how determined librarians are to get people to read!

I have been a librarian since 2005.  I got my Master of Library and Information Science degree online from the University of Illinois.  I enjoyed being in a “virtual” classroom with people from all over the world and for some people, class was in the middle of the night.  I was hired as the Youth Services Librarian right after I graduated, and I have been in the same department ever since.

You can request The Dulcimer Book

One of the most interesting jobs I have had is making Appalachian instruments called dulcimers.  I worked in Manitou Springs, Colorado at a little Mom and Pop business.  Sometimes the owners would close the store and we would have a picnic or go out to a late breakfast.  They were never very financially successful, but they were fun people to work for.

I have two daughters and four grandchildren.  They have given me gray hairs and lots to laugh about.  I love being with family and listening to old stories about living through the Great Depression or the Dust Bowl Days in eastern Colorado.  They made it seem exciting, but I know they lived through many lean years.  There is nothing like the power of a story to remind you of the important things in life.

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