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Bremen Public Library

304 N. Jackson St, Bremen, IN 46506  (574) 546-2849


The BPL Bunch

Kyle Burkett
Director

LOVES: Helping people discover new voices, new ideas and new interests that inspire them

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Tibetan Sand Fox

SUPER POWER: Telekinesis

HOBBIES: Rock concerts and road trips

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Tin Drum, Breakfast of Champions, Shogun

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Even bad books are books and therefore sacred." Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum

Shelli Kauffman
Head of Adult Services

LOVES: Helping people find what they are looking for

SPIRIT ANIMAL: The Superb Bird of Paradise

SUPER POWER: Power Negation

FUN FACT: Would love to work at the mall as one of Santa's reindeer

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Time to Kill

FAVORITE QUOTE: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The Great Gatsby

Brenda Anderson
Children's Librarian

LOVES: Touching lives

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Basselope

FUN FACT: Met Garth Brooks in line at a store and suggested he record a children's CD

FAVORITE BOOKS: Pride and Prejudice, Mr. God, This is Anna, All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Where a rose is tended, thistle cannot grow." The Secret Garden

Chris Scandling
Young Adult Librarian

LOVES: Working in an environment where intrigue, magic, imagination and inspiration are but a page away

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Killer Whale

SUPER POWER: X-Ray Vision

FUN FACT: Has sailed in San Francisco Bay, held infant snow leopards, mountain-biked the Mojave and hiked Mt. Charleston

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Stand, Heart-Shaped Box, The Walking Dead (graphic novel series)

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again." Stephen King, The Stand

Lisa Bixel
Adult Department Assistant

LOVES: Interacting with patrons and brightening their day with a smile and a good book

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Social Butterfly

SUPER POWER: Mental Telepathy

HOBBIES: Vacationing and making memories with family and friends, spending time with grandchildren, biking, enjoying the outdoors, soaking up the sun, loving her dog (Lily), cheering on Ohio State, venturing out to new, out-of-the-way places and trying new, unique restaurants

FAVORITE BOOKS: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help, Live Your Dash

FAVORITE QUOTE: "You is smart. You is kind. You is important." The Help

Terrie Bickel
Bookkeeper/Young Adult Department Assistant

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Lion

SUPER POWER: Teleportation

FUN FACT: Visiting Alcatraz is on her bucket list

HOBBIES: Baking, biking, fixing the house

FAVORITE BOOKS: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Where the Heart Is

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Promise me you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

Holly Heller
Communications Coordinator

LOVES: Connecting people with resources, programs, events and books

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Dolphin

SUPER POWER: Invisibility

HOBBIES: Spending time with family, friends, music and books

FAVORITE BOOKS: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Help

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words." Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Chris O'Brien
Adult Department Assistant

LOVES: Her co-workers and patrons

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Penguin

SUPER POWER: Time Travel

FUN FACT: First car was a 1975 Camaro, which she bought new and drove for 25 years

HOBBIES: Walking around Bremen, driving in the country, listening to music, reading

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Secret Garden, Lonesome Dove, Black Beauty

FAVORITE QUOTE: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..." A Tale of Two Cities

Melissa Nunez
Adult Department Assistant

LOVES: Being surrounded by fellow bibliophiles

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Book Dragon

FUN FACT: Got in trouble in fifth grade for taking her library book out to recess

HOBBIES: Being Grandma!

FAVORITE BOOKS: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Prayer Box, Outlander

FAVORITE QUOTE: "From that time on, the world was hers for the reading." Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Cindy Hartman
Children's Department Assistant

LOVES: Having the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life by inspiring them to love books

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Owl

FUN FACT: Taught archery and how to shoot a rifle to inner-city kids at a camp

HOBBIES: Spending time with family and pets

FAVORITE BOOKS: The Help, Love You Forever, All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

FAVORITE QUOTE: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Violet Gunter
Children's Department Assistant

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Deer

SUPER POWER: Ability to travel to alternate realities

FUN FACT: Still loves building blanket forts

HOBBIES: Reading, dancing, antique shopping, puzzle building and going on walks and bike rides with BFF

FAVORITE BOOKS: Mara, Daughter of the Nile, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, A Collection of the Brother Grimm's Fairytales

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts. The impossible, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." Shel Silverstein

Claire Bickel
Page

SPIRIT ANIMAL: Giraffe

SUPER POWER: Flying

FUN FACT: Makes the best mac and cheese

HOBBIES: Cheering, painting, shopping, hanging out with friends

FAVORITE BOOKS: Why We Broke Up, Pushing the Limits, Twilight

FAVORITE QUOTE: "Enjoy it. Because it's happening." The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Matt Williams
Facilities Manager

SPIRIT ANIMAL: American Buffalo

SUPER POWER: Flying

FUN FACT: Traveled to three continents and more than twenty countries

HOBBIES: Reading

FAVORITE BOOKS: Snow Crash, Transmetropolitan, The First Law

FAVORITE QUOTE: "The only time you look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them." Louis C.K.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Don C. Harrison
President
Trevor Mikel
Vice President
Joyce Graybill
Secretary
Gayle Graverson
Treasurer
Jennifer Heiter
Member
Alison Mayer
Member
Carol Somsel
Member

Bremen Public Library's Board of Trustees consists of volunteers who bring professional expertise to determine and manage library policies and operations. One member is appointed by each of the following agencies: the Bremen Public School Board, the German Township Advisory Board, the Bremen Town Council, the Marshall County Council and the Marshall County Commissioners. Regular meetings of the library board are held the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the library's meeting room. These meetings are open to the public.