Each month we invite patrons to Meet the Staff. This month we introduce Christen who has worked in Youth Services for 6 years this month! A self-described audio-book and Scrabble fan, Christen is a caring and enthusiastic member of the team.


I have always loved reading and kiddos, so it felt like the library was a perfect fit for me. I worked at a local preschool for 12 years, so I see a lot of my former students here which is nice.

I also enjoy traveling, and the beach or National Parks are two of my favorite destinations. I met my husband in the Grand Tetons when we both traveling cross country. Since then, we have visited many other parks together as a family.

I have three daughters and two grandchildren all who live in Illinois, so we are able to see them regularly.

I like the Cardinals and the Blues and really enjoy March Madness (NCAA Basketball). I root for the UCONN Huskies.

We are retired military and have lived overseas, as well as several stateside assignments. We were stationed at Scott twice and decided to retire here.

I like to read historical fiction – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a favorite – as well as best selling authors such as Harlan Coben, Stuart Woods, and James Patterson. Some of my favorite books growing up were Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


My favorite actress is Sandra Bullock and my favorite movie is While you Were Sleeping. I prefer to listen to books on tape versus music.

Come see me in the children’s section during your next visit to the library!

Happy Reading!

Selected titles by Christen’s Favorite Authors:

Don't Let Go

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben – Suburban New Jersey detective Napoleon Dumas hasn’t been the same since his senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo, and Leo’s girlfriend Diana, were found dead on the railroad tracks, and his own girlfriend, Maura, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. When Nap gets a lead on Maura for the first time in fifteen years, his search for answers uncovers dark secrets about the woman he once loved, and the real reason behind his twin brother’s death.

money shot

 The Money Shot by Stuart Woods – Teddy Fay has donned a new disguise–that of Mark Weldon, a stuntman and actor starring in Centurion Studios’ newest film. When the picture’s leading lady begins receiving blackmail threats, Teddy is in the perfect position to investigate, and it soon becomes clear that the villains have more in their sights than just money. What they want is prestige, the cache of a respected studio to lend authority and legitimacy to their artistic endeavors … and a little bit of vengeance in the bargain. From the seedy hidden corners of Los Angeles to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, it will take every ounce of Teddy’s cunning to save an actress’ career, protect the studio, and finish filming the next big hit.


The 17th Suspect by James Patterson – A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself. Lindsay suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women’s Murder Club warn her against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can’t help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain.

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