Miss Keri has a Master of Library and Information Science degree with an emphasis in early literacy. She has worked at the Waukee Public Library since 2013, and previously worked at the Carlisle Public Library (IA) and the Basalt Regional Library District (CO). Miss Keri enjoys planning and producing fun and sneakily educational programs for all ages of children and teens at the library, and loves helping young readers find new titles to enjoy.
Eliza - Children's Librarian
Miss Eliza has a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a focus on children’s literature. She joined the Waukee Public Library in 2019, and she previously worked at the Amherst Public Library (MA), and in a variety of museums doing educational programming for kids. Miss Eliza loves Science Comics, kiddie yoga, and any opportunity to wear a costume.
Melanie - Youth Programming Specialist
Miss Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She most recently spent several years as a stay at home mom raising three daughters, volunteering at school, church, and as a Girl Scout leader. Visiting the library and participating in the in children’s programs was a regular activity for Melanie and her daughters over the years. She joined our team in 2022, and she is excited to be leading WPL's Toddler Times. Miss Melanie is thrilled to be a part of your child’s literacy journey.
Jen - Children’s Programming Outreach Specialist
Miss Jen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. After graduating, she stayed at home with her three children. Jen's family has lived in Illinois, New York and now Iowa, where they feel right at home. While staying home with her children, Jen made library programming and storytime a priority in every state they lived in. Reading with her kids has been, and still is, one of her favorite activities. Jen's family loves to travel, spend time together and go on new adventures together. Jen joined the Waukee Public Library team in August of 2022. This is the third library she has worked at. Each library experience has been very unique, and Jen has cherished them all. Jen believes that libraries are the heart of every community, and she loves being part of that!