Meet the Staff
Joy Stevenson - Director
After some time living abroad, I have returned to my Nebraska roots. A graduate of Lincoln East High, I have my undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, and a Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management. I am also almost finished with my Masters of Library Science from another Big 12 school that shall remain anonymous.
I am an avid reader (of course) and my first love is historical fiction, followed by contemporary fiction and biographies.
Laura Renker - Assistant Director & Youth Services Librarian
I’ve been the youth services librarian for the past 14 years. I’m always excited to share books with children and teens. It’s a pleasure to watch the children grow up and to be part of their reading lives. I am responsible for the programming for preschool, after-school, elementary and middle school students as well as the summer reading programs and various community outreach services involving families and children.
I enjoy many types of books, but my favorite books are usually historical fiction. One young adult author whose books I especially enjoy is Ruta Sepetys. I read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice every year. Other authors that I like to recommend: Sandra Dallas, Sarah Addison Allen, Joyo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Barbara Kingsolver. Everyone should read Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Susan Church - Outreach Services Librarian
I am the old-timer at the library! I started working part-time in the fall of 1987. I filled in as children’s librarian during 1988, then went back to part-time after my first son was born. I went full-time March of 2014 as the Outreach Librarian. I deliver materials to care facilities and others who are unable to physically come to the library. I love what I do! I also purchase large print books, so if you have recommendations, please let me know.
I was never sure what I wanted to do when I grew up…until my job here. Helping people find their next read, or encouraging children to try a new author, or helping with the adorable preschoolers during story time. All things that make this a very rewarding job.
My favorite genre is cozy mysteries. Not familiar with cozy mysteries? They are murder mysteries without the blood and violence associated with regular mysteries. The protagonist is normally a chef, store owner, beautician, etc. Favorite author? Authors? Sheila Connolly and Sally Goldenbaum would be at the top of the list. Right now!
Zoraida Ramos - Spanish language and multimedia Librarian
My roots are in Mexico but I was born in California. I met the love of my life I Lexington, Nebraska and we have been married for 20 years. We have four children, ages ranging from 11 to 19. As a family, we enjoy various outdoor activities like baseball, softball and camping. On my downtime, I enjoy reading romantic comedies and mystery novels. I also enjoy good wine.
Tad Shubert - Library Clerk
I’m originally from Lexington, Nebraska, but I lived in New Jersey for about 10 years. In New Jersey, I taught ESL and studied social work and library science. Now I’m back in Nebraska and excited to have my first library position here at Crete Public Library.
Science fiction is my favorite genre.
Lupe Lopez Lopez - Library Clerk
I moved to Crete eight years ago, and have lived here since. This year will be my senior year at Crete High School. My time at the Library started on April 2016. I enjoy reading fantasy books and spending time with my friends. Work for me includes attending the front desk and completing projects assigned to me by my co-workers.
Kailey Meyer - Library Clerk
I am a senior at Doane University, originally from Seward, NE. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in Sociology and Business Administration. I aspire to be an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (applying Psychology to the workforce). While on Doane’s campus, I am busy serving as President of Cardinal Key Honor Society, Chi Delta Sorority, and Psych/Soc Club. I enjoy reading romance novels and books that discuss psychological topics and phenomena.
Connie Higginson - Library Clerk
I have lived in Crete for twenty-three years. I worked at Crete Elementary for sixteen years, before transitioning to Crete Public Library in December 2016. My jobs at the library consist of working the front desk, cataloging the children books, data entry for book orders. The repair and weeding of all books plus any other duties as assigned. I love books and enjoy reading mysteries.
Angie Ulrich - Library Clerk
I am Angie Ulrich and I am a part-time library clerk. I am a Lincoln native, but graduated from Doane. I have worked part-time here for 16 years and have worked with ELL adult students. I enjoy getting to know many people and watching a generation of readers grow up. My favorite type of books are non-fiction, biographies and Christian fiction.