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Meet the Staff

MiriamMiriam, 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.


 CentennialCenti, Teen Zone Assistant

Centi is from St. Louis, MO and is currently attending the University of Kansas for American Studies & English. Her bibliophilic nature stems from reading Harry Potter as a young girl, which led to attending midnight release parties and going to one too many wizard rock concerts. Though she still loves re-reading HP, these days Centi loves reading magic realism, contemporary, and feminist YA books. If she is not in the library, you will most likely find her drinking too much coffee and hanging out with her three sisters.



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.




Ben, Teen Zone Assistant

Originally from Tennessee, Ben is currently attending the University of
Kansas for English and Philosophy. He loves literature and writing,
particularly Dark Fantasy, Dystopian Science Fiction, and anything by John
Green. He’s also a HUGE manga and anime nerd, as well as the Teen Zone’s
resident video game expert. Feel free to come talk to him about the latest
series in *Shonen Jump*, or the newest Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo
games! When not at the library, Ben spends time arguing passionately on
video game forums and volunteering for high school Debate and Forensics