Hinckley welcomes new youth librarian

Kate Ross is the new youth librarian in the Hinckley Public Library.
Kate Ross is the new youth librarian in the Hinckley Public Library.

HINCKLEY – Kate Ross is no stranger to small towns.

Ross, the new youth services librarian at the Hinckley Public Library, grew up in Michiganne, Mich., a town with 287 people, according to the 2000 census.

“I think it’s great here,” she said. “I haven’t had one bad run-in with anyone I’ve met. I love being surrounded by cornfields.”

A 2010 graduate of the University of Western Ontario, with a master’s degree in library science, Ross said she applied for 200 jobs in two years before learning about the job in Hinckley.

“One day it just popped up,” she said. “It sounded like a good job and was something I was interested in, so I applied.”

She was hired about six weeks ago. Among her duties are to plan all children’s programs, work on the website, manage publicity and develop the library’s collection.

“It’s very creative,” Ross said. “That’s one of the things I like about it.”

“We’re happy to have her here,” said Heather Shlah. Shlah, the library director when Ross began last month, has since taken a position with the Stickney-Forest View Library in Berwyn.

New library director Rylie Carter said Ross is “very energetic.”

“She’s willing to do everything that is asked of her,” she said.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Ross said. “Everyone has been so nice.”

Ross said she’s also no stranger to cold and snow, coming from Michigan and having attended college in Canada.

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