Title: Fiscal Officer
Kelly’s history with NCPL: She came to our library in 2012.
Favorite Book: Kelly says it’s impossible to pick just one, but she loves historical mysteries and other historical fiction.
About Kelly: She has an accounting degree from Stark State and is qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. When she’s not at NCPL, she spends time reading, gardening, crafting and playing with her two Dachshunds. Kelly makes all of us a little less afraid of numbers (we’re literature people, not math people) and we so appreciate her patience when we ask the same thing twice.
Andrea’s history with the NCPL: Andrea came to our library to fill the director position in April 2020.
Favorite book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
About Andrea: She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Malone University and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She feels honored to have worked in public libraries since 2007 and still feels a rush of excitement when she’s able to connect a reader with the perfect book. She is proud to serve as a board member of the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as treasurer for Changing Perspectives, two organizations that work to help build empathy and compassion in their communities. Outside of her work at the library, Andrea enjoys reading through Stephen King’s canon of books, spoiling her Corgis, throwing themed parties, creating art projects with her son, and bugging her husband to travel more.
Title: Library Services Manager
Missy’s history with the NCPL: Missy joined the Library staff in November 2021.
Favorite Books: Childhood Favorite: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell; Grown-up Favorite: The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger
About Missy: She has a B.A. in Music and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has worked in libraries for more than 20 years. Missy is from Idaho, where she had her first library job as a teenager, but has called Ohio home for the past 15 years. She loves hiking the local trails with her family, knitting, running and doing yoga. She has a passion for MakerSpaces and even has a small one at home that her kids have taken over. She enjoys non-fiction and is an avid audio book reader.
Title: Children’s Department Head
Jamie’s history with the NCPL: Jamie has been with the Library since October 2000.
Favorite Book: The House of the Scorpion by Farmer
About Jamie: She has a B.A. in English from Kent State University. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, go to Zumba, participate in book clubs and read! In her position with the library, she visits the first and second grade classrooms in the North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s each month. Jamie also runs after school programs for second and third graders. She says purchasing new books for the department is one of her favorite responsibilities as manager of the children’s department.
Title: Patron Services Manager
Nancy’s history with the NCPL: Nancy began working for the Library in 1998 and has worked in departments including Patron Services, Children’s and even spent some time at our former Greentown branch.
Favorite Books: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and The Lord of the Rings trilogy
About Nancy: When she’s not at work, Nancy likes to spend her time quilting, crafting, playing with her corgi and planning trips to the beach. She has a military family with a daughter and two sons-in-law all on active duty. Nancy’s strong history with the library makes her one of our favorite “go to” staff members when we have any questions about the library’s past.
Title: Deputy Fiscal Officer
Stephanie’s history with NCPL: She came to our library in February 2017
Favorite Book: The Pigeon Goes to the Ocean by Vincent Shaffer (at the age of 4) and illustrated by Denno. She says “This kid is amazing. He was inspired by Mo Willems’ Pigeon book series.”
About Stephanie: She’s keeps track of our employee paperwork, managing payroll and maintaining our personnel and benefits files. She manages a lot, and she does it with a smile (seriously, she’s always happy and kind – even more when it’s jeans day!). She also manages accounts payable, reconciles library funds and serves as back up to the Fiscal Officer. Stephanie is a licensed Notary Public. When she’s not at NCPL, Stephanie enjoys baking, cooking and eating. She is also taking ballroom dancing lessons. Stephanie loves to walk through the children’s department to see the babies and toddlers. She says it’s a very nice distraction and always put smile on her face.
Title: Community Relations Manager
Christina’s history with the NCPL: She’s been with the Library since her position was created in April 2012.
Favorite Book: The ones written by Brené Brown or Jon Krakauer
About Christina: She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Akron and wanted to be a fashion writer when she grew up, but then discovered the world of non-profit and fell in love. Christina is madly in love with her awesome son and her rescued dog and cats. She says her greatest weakness and strength simultaneously is her inability to say no to volunteer projects. She is actively involved with the North Canton Chamber of Commerce, and she worries a whole lot about homeless dogs (and cats). She loves North Canton and has many goals for the future of the city.
Title: Information Technology Manager
Rick’s history with the NCPL: He joined the Library staff in September 2021.
Favorite Books: Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Honorable mention to the Dresden Series by Jim Butcher.
Richard graduated from the University of Akron after spending four years studying rocks (he didn’t take it for granite and it was really gniess, but in the end, it was a pile of schist). Having spent most of his college years working at Bierce Library, he moved on to Barberton Public Library then Tuscarawas County Public Library and is now settling in here at North Canton Public Library. With over 20 years of library experience ranging from Circulation to Tech Services with the majority of the time in IT, he doesn’t see any reason to stop now! His off work time is mostly dictated by the whims and demands (mostly treats) of 4 Cats and 3 French Bull Dogs.
North Canton Public Library Work Culture Statement
We are the North Canton Public Library. We serve a supportive community, and we ourselves are a supportive community. As co-workers, we treat one another with kindness, compassion, and respect. We strive to find a balance of transparency, integrity, and professionalism in our communication, valuing co-operative relationships and consistent collaboration across all departments. We recognize that we are better together, as each of us brings individual experiences, unique perspectives, and a wealth of knowledge that we share with our co-workers and patrons on a daily basis. We leave room to experience joy in our work and with our co-workers, pausing to find the silver linings in challenging situations, the opportunities among obstacles, and the fun and humor in our daily interactions with one another. Together, we form an organization that is welcoming, vibrant, flexible, and inclusive. We are honored to serve our community and proud to be an integral part of it.