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Meet the Staff

Miriam WallenMiriam, Teen Zone Librarian

Miriam’s from Lindsborg “Little Sweden” Kansas but has also lived in New York, San Francisco, Paris, Florence, and Weinheim, Germany. She loves reading, especially Sci Fi and Fantasy, and helping people find things whether it’s a great new book or information on landing an internship. Miriam’s also a huge movie fan and even worked in computer animation for several years. (If you’re ever in the mood for a “Princess Bride” recite-a-thon she is up for it!) If Miriam doesn’t keep herself busy enough she has a tendency to come up with wild projects for herself like building a life-size cardboard Tardis for a friend or learning to sing the alphabet backwards.



SarahSarah, Teen Zone Assistant

Sarah was raised in various states/countries from Tennessee to New York to England and back to Kansas. You might hear her called Miss Sarah by Central students because she used to work in the library there. She loves to read and discuss sci fi/fantasy books, especially steampunk. Her hobbies include; arguing with her cat, gardening at the Central garden, Potlucks, karaoke, and reminding people to push in their chairs! Though she tries to eat only fresh, organic, and local foods, Sarah can not resist Peanut Butter M&Ms.



Philip, Teen Zone Assistant

Philip got his start with the library by helping run the monthly Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournaments.  Still a child, or teen, at heart, he plays Super Smash Bros. Brawl competitively, traveling out of state most weekend to compete in tournaments for money.  He enjoys teaching the finer points of playing Brawl during his weekly sessions Wednesdays from 3-4pm.  If he isn’t busy with desk work, he openly accepts challenges and remains undefeated in the Teen Zone to this day.



KarenKaren, Youth Services Coordinator

Karen is happy to help you with your reading, homework, and computer needs. She loves to read (of course!), bake, bowl, travel, go to concerts and movies, and spend time with her family. Karen wishes she could teleport and also wishes she had a time-turner a la Hermione in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Here are two facts and one lie about Karen. When you see her, tell her which one you think is the lie: 1) Karen has received her school letter from Hogwarts.  2) Karen saved her brother’s life. 3) Before working at the library, Karen was a trapeze artist at the Bellagio for the Circ de Soleil.

Molly, Collection Development Librarian

Molly makes sure Lawrence Public Library has the best selection of young adult books, graphic novels, DVDs, and music. She also leads the Teens’ Top Ten Book Club. If you need help finding your next book or just want to geek out about your favorite series, let her know, because she loves to talk about books. When not at work, she can be found writing her own novels, playing with her cats, Spike and Angel, or baking cupcakes. (And she’s also on Tumblr. A lot.)