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Meet Our Staff

  • Amanda Kirby, Library Director
    Amanda Kirby, Library Director

    Our fearless leader! Amanda was the Head of Youth Services here for six years until Marianne retired and she became the Director in 2016. Amanda is full of staggeringly great ideas that have given our library a new energy. She and her husband have two adorable sons (Jack and Liam). She loves yard work (and has taken time off work to do it - ahh, relaxing!). Amanda has an affinity for old movies and will happily recommend some you’ve never heard of that you’ll really enjoy. She loves Ethel Merman and can do a great impression of her if you ask nicely and the sun is shining that day!

  • Amy McDonald, Development Director
    Amy McDonald, Development Director

    As the library's Director of Development and Partnerships, Amy works hard to spread the word about all the amazing things we do up here on the hill. She’s also responsible for raising a lot of the money so we can continue to offer more programs and services! Amy is happily married and has three very energetic sons: Connor, Colby, and Caiden (we "C" where she was going with that!). Now, despite her being from New England and cheering on both the Patriots and the Red Sox, we do allow her out in public; you might see her at our We Be Book'n Book Club, an "Exciting Excursion," or some big library fundraiser, where her extraordinary people skills shine.

  • Rachel Moore, Head of Youth Services
    Rachel Moore, Head of Youth Services

    Rachel is our Head of Youth Services and has her MLIS from Pitt. Among other things, she runs our popular weekly storytimes where she reads and sings in dulcet tones with the kiddos. Her favorite Disney movie is the classic Cinderella, but she is also way into horror movies (surprising)! She has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Pumpkin and two cats (Special Agent Dale Cooper and Grimalkin - awesome names). Her go-to karaoke song is "Heartbreaker" by Pat Benetar, which she said she'd rock if she had a chance to appear on American Idol. We bet she'd knock their socks off!

  • Beth Rubel, Youth Services Assistant
    Beth Rubel, Youth Services Assistant

    Beth is our wonderful Youth Services Assistant. One of her biggest responsibilities is taking our Book Bus (honk if you see her!) to area preschools and daycares for a visit. She also loves to talk about children's and young adult books, and is always happy to give (or get!) book recommendations. When she's not at the library she enjoys working on an ever-growing number of craft projects, dancing, and swimming or sailing during the summer. Sounds like fun!

  • Nicole Battaglia, Youth Services Specialist
    Nicole Battaglia, Youth Services Specialist

    Nicole was a public school teacher for six years, but got the idea to try us out as her mom, sisters, and brother all worked in a library (it's kind of a family thing). She was born and raised in Cleveland, so she loves all their sports teams (sorry Pittsburgh fans!). But she does like Pittsburgh, too, especially exploring neighborhoods downtown and eating fries & coleslaw on sandwiches. Nicole takes fitness classes in her spare time (it’s a good way to work off all those fries!).

  • Heather Auman, Technical Services Librarian
    Heather Auman, Technical Services Librarian

    Heather is Technical Services Librarian and “jack-of-all-trades” at the library, where she teaches some tech classes, catalogs books, manages the website and newsletter, and yells at the computers when they don’t behave. Heather’s a published author (under H. L. Blake) and her dearest obsessions include sci-fi/fantasy (especially Ender's Game and Lord of the Rings), the ocean, newborn kittens, adventure games, and of course libraries of all shapes and sizes. Heather’s usually hidden in the back office so you may never see her, but her handiwork is all around. If you need some tech help, just ask - she enjoys the chance to get away from her desk!

  • Laura Kulin, Operations Manager
    Laura Kulin, Operations Manager

    Our caffeine-loving Library Mama, Laura is another staff member who dons many a hat. Among other things, she sends thank-you notes for donations and is responsible for all the pretty stickers and protective covers on our books. Laura has a Bachelor’s in Business Admin and also works full-time consulting with companies who export into high risk countries, to help them establish Letters of Credit and present documents on their behalf to U.S. banks. Sounds complicated! Laura loves her eggs straight up hard boiled and might charm you by doing a little soft-shoe when answering a question; it depends on the day. She is involved in Italian Greyhound Rescue and has a German Shepherd named Gunner who will kiss you death if you’re not careful.

  • Marie Brajdic, Bookkeeper
    Marie Brajdic, Bookkeeper

    Marie is our bookkeeper and has her Bachelor's in accounting from Robert Morris College. Her full-time job is as an accounting consultant for a diverse clientele, including non-profits (like us!). Marie resides in North Fayette with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Sadie. When she's not crunching numbers, you can find her at her daughter's soccer or track events, shoe shopping, or watching HGTV.

  • Norene Ruggiero, Circulation Desk Supervisor
    Norene Ruggiero, Circulation Desk Supervisor

    Norene has worked here for many moons, since the library first opened! So she has ALL the answers to ALL the questions. Norene is the Circulation Department Supervisor and keeps us all in tip-top shape around here. Norene is a licensed Cosmetologist, and she enjoys working on her computer, gardening, caring for her cat, cooking, baking, and reading.

  • Carolyn Lake, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Carolyn Lake, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Carolyn’s came to us after teaching school for 19 (NINETEEN?!) years! Way to go, Carolyn! She’s another lovely person who helps you check out and return books. She was such a thorough and dedicated volunteer that we snatched her up and hired her after only a few weeks at the library. Carolyn also worked at Phipps Conservatory (we bet she took her lunch breaks with the butterflies!). She believes some kind of chocolate ice cream with fun toppings best represents her in her dairy terms, and her earliest crushes were The Monkees (she alternated between different members each week).

  • Donna Shemon, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Donna Shemon, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Donna may just be our most orderly circulation clerk. She grew up in Freeport and raised triplets (who are now in college) which we’re pretty sure is the reason she’s so very organized. In addition to being a smiling face you see when you return your books, Donna works behind the scenes with a lot of our library reports and lists. A seriously hardworking and amazing multi-tasker, she also hunts for missing and lost books around the library (it's like a treasure hunt!). She is totally into watermelon, Rocky I and II, and claims she cannot remember ever receiving a gift she wasn’t truly grateful for (now that’s a nice person!).

  • Elaine Vattimo, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Elaine Vattimo, Circulation Desk Clerk

    You may never meet a kinder person than our Elaine - but she is oh so much more than her kindness. If money were no object, Elaine would take it upon herself to open up this area’s only coffee and cookies café, as she loves to bake. But lucky for us, Elaine works as one of our circulation clerks, helping you check out and return your books each day. She has a sweet daughter named Lauren, a newly adopted kitty named Pepper, and an amazing metallic gold tote bag each and every one of us has threatened to steal (well, maybe not Stephen). If given the choice, Elaine would rather be an orange than an apple (citrus rules!) and she loves Harry Potter. She also prides herself on her bargain hunting skills.

  • Laura Zottola, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Laura Zottola, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Laura is another of our staff with an interesting "day job." She has her Master's Degree in English and teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University - impressive! Laura was born in Hawaii and grew up as a "military brat," where she had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and live in Colorado, South Dakota, and some other cool places. When not working, Laura is busy at home with her husband, two girls, and a new puppy named King.

  • Nancy Holston, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Nancy Holston, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Nancy is another smiling face at our circulation desk. She’s lived an interesting life (one wonders how she ended up in in Western PA?!) and has a beautiful cherry red Pontiac Solstice convertible she calls the Doll Shoe. Nancy is a US Army Veteran and retired from a 33-year career with the FAA Air Traffic Technical Operations as Electronics Technician and Manager at the Pittsburgh Airport. After three years as a volunteer at the library, she decided it was time to join the official staff! Nancy loves Charlie’s Angels and enjoys munching on Necco Wafers while watching movies, when she's not going on an amazing safari or cruise to some exotic destination (we're so jealous, but we love hearing her stories when she comes back!).

  • Nilanjana Sen, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Nilanjana Sen, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Nilanjana (just call her Nila!) has a Master's Degree in Psychology, but lucky for us she decided working at the library would be a lot more fun. She along with her husband is currently raising two high schoolers, which she says has helped her become an organized multitasker, as well be patient in stressful situations! You can find Nila on your next visit to the library, ready to help you at the front desk with a smile on her face.

  • Stephen Auman, Circulation Desk Clerk
    Stephen Auman, Circulation Desk Clerk

    Stephen is the token man on our staff. Lucky him! But not to worry, he's married - to our own Heather Auman (they met working at the library...awwww). He’s a published author and our resident artist, happy to draw a pony or superhero right on the spot for any child who asks. Stephen is one of our circulation clerks - but he does much more than that, especially after hours when he turns into "Maintenance Man"! You might occasionally see him doing some heavy lifting or with his head in the ceiling, but don't be concerned - he's doing his job. Before working here, he worked for the government (it’s classified).

Library Board of Trustees
Members of the board are listed below with their representative borough, township, or organization.

Tim O’Sullivan, President (F)
Terri Conoscuito, Vice President (NF)
Patty Giura, Treasurer (NF)
Barb Piskorik, Secretary (O)
Pam Perry (NF)
Erin Carlisle (NF)
Loretta Hennemuth (O)
Bill Stout (F)
Marilyn Walters (F)
Tracy Pustover, WA School Board Representative
Ed and Lin Nalesnick, WAFEL Representatives

Board Meeting Minutes

  • Items Borrowed

    48,633

  • Registered Members

    10,335

  • Dollars Raised

    18,242

  • Program Participants

    5,348

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