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November 07, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Christie Clarke (left) and Shelley Ruterbories are two of the newer librarians at the Gering Public Library.

The Gering Public Library has added a new face to its staff as well as moved some titles around to better serve the community.

Christie Clarke, who has been with the library since the summer of 2012, has been promoted to Youth Services Librarian to replace Beth Trupp, who retired after some 30 years of service.

“I’m in charge of the children’s and teen’s collection and will be maintaining and ordering new books as we go along,” Clarke said. “And I coordinate all the children’s programs, like the summer reading program.”

Clarke will also be doing story time for preschool children, which will expand next year to include a second story time session. And the library will be adding a story time for toddlers.

“One of the programs I’ll be in charge of is the Smile Program for second graders,” she said. “That’s when we introduce all the Gering second graders to the library and get them a library card for the first time.”

Clarke is also working with the schools to provide book talks and other programs for children and teens.

Library director Diane Downer also hired a new librarian to take over Clarke’s former duties as Public Services Librarian. Some of Shelley Ruterbories’ duties will include helping people at the front desk, designing displays for special events, coordinating the interlibrary loan and homebound programs, as well as being the liaison for the library to local media.

A native of the Bayard area, Ruterbories actually earned her bachelor’s degree in range management from Chadron State College. It was in Chadron where she met her husband, Dan, who works at North Platte Natural Resources District.

“I moved home during my final semester of college and finished my degree online,” Ruterbories said. “I enjoy math, so I was also a math tutor at Western Nebraska Community College.”

After graduation, she landed a part-time job at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library. “I figured out I loved it,” she said. “It was wonderful. I got to see all the new books and all the interesting people that come to the library every day. So I decided to stick with it.”

After about 2½ years with the Scottsbluff library, a full-time position opened up in Gering, so she applied. “I’ve only been here about a week, but it’s been fun so far,” she said. “I’ll have time to do all the projects I like to do like displays.”

About a year ago, Ruterbories started work on her master’s degree in library science through the University of Missouri.

“I get to do a lot of different things here and it’s never boring,” she said. “Whether it’s people coming in or building displays or sending out books for interlibrary loan, there’s always something interesting to do.”
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