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New, veteran staff members help Cardiff library run

While awaiting the officials with gold shovels and hard hats to arrive to break ground for the expansion, it is business as usual in the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library.
New to our knowledgeable staff is Becky Sanders, who will be our assistant branch manager. She comes to us after seven-and-a-half years at the El Cajon branch, has a master’s degree in library and information science and loves mysteries but will read anything. She lives in Santee, enjoys crafts, crocheting, beading and counted cross-stitch.
Gabriel Aguirre, branch librarian, has been in library service for 26 years. He received his MLIS in 1996 from the university at Austin, Texas, and he has worked in large public library systems. He answers reference questions, attends Friends meetings, handles computer glitches, advises patrons on the self checking out process, works at the circulation desk and shelves books to name a few of the duties he attends to during daily operations.
Lori Turley worked as a volunteer at Encinitas Library before joining the Cardiff staff six years ago. She shelves books, processes Friends book purchases and paperbacks, maintains the surfing table and the Dane Olson surfing collection and smiles all the while doing it. She says her greatest pleasure is being able to work where everything is free — movies, DVDs, books, programs and computer time.
Jennifer Runge is our youth services librarian whom we share with Del Mar. She received her MLIS from UCLA in 2007 and joined the library in March 2008 serving at 4S Ranch library before coming to us in March 2010. She does storytimes, handles summer reading, crafts, checks out books and works with Cardiff schools. With funding from the Friends she is able to offer support programs such as Mad Science and Wild Wonders (live animals at the library) for the children.
Josh Saddler joined the library four years ago working in La Mesa before coming to Cardiff. He describes himself as a youngish, bookish fellow, specializing in science fiction, science fact, fantasy, technology, poetry, theater, military thrillers, astronomy, all things music and movies. He readily sponges up pretty much anything he can get his hands on. You can see Josh shelving, checking out patrons and smiling when you visit the library.
Linda Boddye has worked for the County Library for 10 years. She was in Encinitas until the old library was torn down and then she transferred to Cardiff and chose to stay. She checks out patrons, gives instructions on the new self checkout, helps with storytimes and crafts, organizes and keeps a record of all periodicals, handles donations and assists with computer questions. Most importantly, she signs up people for new library cards.
Karen Ulloa, like Linda, is a sub and started as a volunteer in the library. She served on the Friends board as vice president and membership chair. She started with the county in 2004 and does checkout, shelving and sorting. She loves working in the community where she lives and enjoys the beach, reading, cooking, music and knitting.
We recently lost Erik Beckman to San Marcos. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree and a California single subject reading credential and has been in library service for eight years. San Marcos’ gain was our loss and we wish him the best in his new environment.
That is the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library staff and they will be on duty ready and willing to handle your reading needs all during the construction, so do stop in, say “hi” and don’t forget to visit our Book Nook. The sales benefit children’s programs and book purchases for the library. Friends membership monies also benefit the library, as well as our scholarship program, and dues are $5 now until the end of December.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the library expansion will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Friends are also working on the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Centennial to take place in 2011.