Kremmling: Emily Pedersen brings enthusiasm and skill to the library
Libraries are more than bricks and mortar.
They are more than shelves of books, racks of magazines, and computers with high-speed Internet.
Libraries are the spirit and personality of the people who work in them.
This is especially true for the Grand County Library District, where good people make good libraries.
Consider, as an example, Emily Pedersen, the assistant librarian at the Kremmling Library. She gives that library a spirit of enthusiasm for reading and customer service that is bolstered by a knack for organization and efficiency.
“What attracts me to library work is my love of reading and of helping people,” said Pedersen, a Kremmling resident. “I also enjoy the detailed organization of it all.”
As assistant librarian, she manages the circulation desk and helps patrons as needed. She completes cash reports, handles interlibrary loan requests, helps organize and merchandise the library, processes new materials and assists with programming for children and adults.
Pedersen brings wide-ranging experience in education, libraries and community involvement to her multi-faceted job.
She was a middle school math teacher and an elementary school reading paraprofessional for the West Grand School District in 2005 and 2006 before taking her job at the Kremmling Library. In those jobs, she got to know the Kremmling community while teaching math and reading, coaching track and working with small groups in the elementary school.
Before that, she was the director of education, test administrator and teacher for the Sylvan Learning Center in Davenport, Iowa for nearly two years. She was also a high school math teacher in Iowa and Minnesota.
She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Grinnell College in Iowa. She also completed the teachers certification program for secondary mathematics.
Pedersen’s coworkers have high praise for her.
“Emily Pedersen is an exceptional employee,” said Glyn Sheppard, Branch Librarian at the Kremmling Library. “Her teaching background has been beneficial to the Kremmling Library in many ways. She values education, formal or informal, and loves solving a puzzle in helping patrons find their needs. She is definitely a people person – especially good at communicating with the kids. The little children who come for story time greet Emily with hugs and kisses. Her ability in managing all types of people makes the library a pleasant environment for everyone.”
Pedersen said her love of organization and detail, also a critical aspect of library work, derives from her love of mathematics. But her volunteer and work career outside of school shows that she has a genuine love of books and library services.
“I started volunteering in my hometown school library and public library when I was a middle-schooler,” she said. “My first job was as a summer library aide in my hometown public library in Rockford, Minn. I worked there every summer through high school and college, and I also worked as a Barnes and Noble bookseller every summer and holiday break through college.”
That background has made Pedersen a valuable employee at the Kremmling Library.
“Emily is very organized; her efficiency is commented on by all Grand County Library District staff as well as our patrons,” Sheppard said. “Emily’s enthusiastic and practical approach ensures her suggestions are considered and often implemented. Emily is a team player. She really rounds out our diverse team well. I’m truly blessed with all my staff. Local patrons and visitors alike often say what a friendly library we have here in Kremmling. The Grand County Library District is a leader in rural libraries, even compared to some of the larger library systems.”
Although she’s originally from Minnesota, Pedersen enjoys being in Kremmling.
“I went to Grinnell, Iowa for college where I met my husband, Josh. We moved back to his hometown of Kremmling in November of 2004 when his Dad bought the business we currently own, West End Rental and Tires,” she said.
“I enjoy working at the Kremmling Library because Kremmling is such a wonderful community and I feel like I have learned so much more about it from working at the library,” she said. “It has been fun to settle down in the place where my husband grew up.
“Everyone is so welcoming here and the library is just a happy place to be.”
It’s also clear that Pedersen sees the library as a focal point for books and information in the community.
“The library is also a place where I can give back,” she said. “I love meeting new people who move to Kremmling and letting them know how great it is to live here, being a Midwest transplant myself.”
She is a part of the community in other ways, too. She helps as a track official at home meets and volleyball games. She plays the flute during music services on Sunday at the Parshall Chapel and helped organize the Wild About Teens Youth Group for Kremmling-area high schoolers.
Pedersen’s love or reading inspires her work at the library.
“My vice is bestsellers,” she said of her reading habits. “I’m definitely a read-for-pleasure kind of girl – mostly mystery and Christian fiction, but I also love reading young adult novels and juvenile Newberry award winners.”
“I am a huge sports fan, of any and all Minnesota and Colorado teams,” she said. “And of course, I am a huge supporter of the West Grand Mustangs.”
Pedersen has a twin brother, Dave, who lives in Seattle, Wash.
Perhaps the most glowing praise for Pedersen came from another co-worker, Kathy Jones, the Kremmling Library’s youth services librarian: “Emily is a credit to her generation.”
Like we said, libraries are more than bricks and mortar.
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