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Hittin’ the books: Elmore Public Library has a new face

New librarian moves to Elmore

July 23, 2017
Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer ( , Faribault County Register

In the small town of Elmore is a small library with a small staff. However, that small library has had big things happening and now, they have big news to share.

They have a new librarian.

Pam Engelking and her family moved to the Elmore area in January of 2016. It wasn't until January of 2017 that she began her job at the Elmore Public Library.

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Just six months into the job and Pam Engelking is making a great impression on her new community.

"Honestly, this is the perfect job right now. The library is a great place to be creative and get involved in our new community and being able to bring my son and daughter here to all of the activities just adds to the fun," says Engelking.

The reason Engelking and her family, which includes her husband, Gene, their son Parker, 14, and daughter Emma, 11, was due in part to handicap capability for Parker.

"We were living in an area that was not so easily accessible for Parker, so we found a place here and we have a much better time getting around now," says Engelking.

This is Engelking's first experience at being a librarian. She started off with going to cosmetology school, and once her husband (who is now retired) joined the Army, had to roll with the punches of moving all over the United States. From Virginia, to Texas, to Kansas and to Iowa, the Engelkings have lived in many places.

It was then that she went to school to become a legal secretary. And once she completed that, she and her family made Elmore their home.

And, Engelking emphasizes the word home for a few different reasons. One is that it certainly does feel like home to the new family as their community has embraced and welcomed them all.

And two? Well, the Engelkings have spoken so highly of the Elmore area, it seems Pam and her husband have set a trend for the rest of their family, seeing that Pam's sister is considering moving across the Iowa border to the tiny Minnesota town and her mother already has moved to Elmore, as well.

The greatest thing for Engelking, though, is the ability to get involved in the library community.

"So far this summer, we've created a summer reading program for our adult patrons which has gone over very well. They do summer reading, and we have a summer reading bingo program going on right now," says Engelking. "There are just as many adults as there are children signed up for our reading program and it is just wonderful to see a packed library."

Some of the fun activities Engelking has brought to the library are slime making, which has really gone over well for the younger crowd.

"The grosser the stuff, the more fun it is," she laughs. "And we have career talk backs for the kids. We've had police officers, fire fighters, and other community members come in to share what it's like to have the jobs that they do. It's been really fun."

Engelking is also planning a tween book battle for Aug. 9, as well as prize drawings for the summer reading program coming on Aug. 2.

"And," she says with great excitement, "we have a Harry Potter party planned for the future. Keep your eye out for that."



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