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Kristin Woizeschke is the new reference and adult services librarian at Douglas County Library. Her desk is at the center of the library and she said she really enjoys being in the middle of the action and offering information. “Librarians want nothing more than to help people. I mean, that’s what we’re here for. Ask me, I want to help you,” she said. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

New librarian ready to help at Douglas County Library

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Librarians want nothing more than to help people.

Kristin Woizeschke, the new reference and adult services librarian at the Douglas County Library, is eager to share. She’s an open book, if you will.

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“I mean, that’s what we’re here for. Ask me, I want to help you,” she said.

Woizeschke started at Douglas County Library in late November.

“I like working with the people, dealing directly with them,” she said.

Encouraging people to read outside their comfort zone is also one of her duties, so around Valentine’s Day she set up a display encouraging readers to “Go on a Blind Date with a Book.” A dozen books were wrapped in paper bags to shield their covers so, of course, they wouldn’t be judged by their cover.

“It’s for people who are willing to try something a little different and, even if the first one doesn’t fit, you know, it’s like a blind date – just go on to another one,” she laughed.

In March, Woizeschke said she may do some programming or events with a green theme.

Plus, this year is the 100th anniversary of World War I and she’s planning a special display of books and perhaps a program.

HER JOURNEY

Originally from Champlin, Woizeschke graduated from Concordia College and earned her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Growing up, she said, “I always joked I wanted to be an ambassador to the U.N. or go to the Olympics, but with my library background I’ve actually utilized those skills to work for both of those organizations.”

In college, she spent some time studying in London and worked for a United Nations information center there. After graduate school, she interned with the U.S. Olympic committee in their sports medicine library in Colorado Springs.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
(320) 763-3133
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