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October 2009, Volume 1, Issue 10

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YARP Voting Begins
Oct. 18

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 18-24

National Novel Writing Month

National Gaming Day @ your library
Nov. 14

American Education Week
Nov. 15-21

Letters for Literature
Dec. 12 deadline

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In Focus

Reference Associate Patsy Kringel

I started with the State Library in 1986 as a volunteer with the Braille and Talking Book Library and enjoyed it very much. When a position opened up as a photocopy clerk in 1988 I applied for the job and got it. Since that time I have worked in circulation, interlibrary loan and reference. I also worked one summer in government documents. I have worked in reference for about 10 years now.

I have a daughter and a daughter-in-law who are school librarians, Pam (Chamberlain) Kringel is the librarian at the Georgia Morse Middle School and my daughter, Sarah Hibbitts, is the librarian at Keller-Harvel Elementary School in Keller, Texas. Sarah just finished her library degree this summer having previously been a Special Education teacher for eight years. My son Chad teaches fourth grade at Buchanan School in Pierre. I have three beautiful grandgirls - Chrissa, nine and Anna, 7, who live in Ft. Worth and Emily Elizabeth, 2, who lives in Pierre. My son-in-law, Chris, works for J. P. Morgan Chase in Ft. Worth and bowls professionally on the Southwest Regional tour.

I really enjoy reference work and the best request so far came as a huge surprise. One day I opened my e-mail and got a question from one of my favorite mystery authors, Carolyn Haines. She needed information about South Dakota as she was writing a book that takes place here. Colleen Kirby helped and we got together a list of books for her. All of our correspondences eventually lead to Colleen and I getting to proof-read the book! It was awesome. Unfortunately the book has never been published, but as a thank you Carolyn put me in one of her other books as a reference librarian in Costa Rica. If you ever see Skin Dancer by Carolyn Haines on the book store shelves, that would be the one Colleen and I “helped” with.

I am almost a native of Pierre, having lived here since I was five. I am originally from Timber Lake. I have always loved to read and I’m one of “those” people who have a panic attack if I get ready to go to bed and have no books! Mystery fiction is my favorite genre although I read many types of books. I started with Trixie Belden, graduated to Nancy Drew and then Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. One of the best books I’ve read this year was a non-fiction book, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. It follows the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley and is a really interesting book. My all-time favorite book is This One and Magic Life by Anne George and neither of these are mysteries!

Outside the library, bird watching is my favorite hobby. My daughter and I try to go on at least one bird watching vacation together every year. Many times we try to combine our bird watching destinations with places in books we have read. We have had lots of fun trips, the best one so far was a 10 day vacation in southeast Arizona. We drove from Tulsa and took in the Carlsbad Caverns to watch the swallows leave in the evening, and to see where Blind Descent by Nevada Barr took place. We also stopped for lunch in Bisbee, Arizona and saw the courthouse where Joanna Brady is the Sheriff of Cochise County (J. A. Jance books). We are talking about the low country of South Carolina for our next big trip. There are lots of great bird watching areas and books that take place there. I keep a life list of species of birds I have seen and I am at 427! I also love trying new recipes, fishing, knitting and crocheting, playing with my grandgirls and watching my kids bowl.


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