Julia Coen

Library Director

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630 969 5625 ext 221

“Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.” — Jerry Garcia

Julia is extremely passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through her work which makes working at the Westmont Public Library a perfect fit. Julia loves to come to work at WPL everyday and she also loves to travel. When she is not doing one of those two things she’s probably reading about travelling, on a run with her dog, or eating peanut butter by the spoonful.

Brittany Hoornaert Smith

Assistant Director and Head of Patron Services

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630 969 5625 ext 212

“No hay medicina que cure lo que cura la felicidad.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez (“No medicine can cure what happiness cannot.”)

Brittany has been working in public libraries for more than 10 years and believes they are a vital part of any community. Her favorite part about coming to work is being able to interact with patrons on a daily basis! She is excited to be able to work with the management team every day to offer amazing services, programs, and resources for the residents of Westmont. Brittany is an avid coffee drinker, traveler and binge watcher of all Bravo TV shows. She also is only slightly obsessed with her two cats: Kingston and Guinness.

Alex Carlson

Head of Adult Services

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630 969 5625 ext 215

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.” ― Minor Myers Jr.

Born in Illinois but educated in Hawaii, Alex worked in academic and school libraries before finding his true niche in public libraries. Alex looks forward to working with every patron that walks through the library’s doors and always approaches situations with a positive mind. Alex’s biggest passion is helping patrons understand and embrace new and exciting technologies. When he isn’t busy at work helping patrons with 3D prints or finding their new favorite book, Alex likes to read science fiction, play video games, and learn about craft beer.

Alea Perez

Head of Youth Services

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630 969 5625 ext 219

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” — Louisa May Alcott

A slow yet avid reader by day… and perhaps by night as well, Alea has read more than 600 books over the past 3.5 years (mostly YA) and is always happy to share her knowledge with young readers and not-so-young readers alike. When she isn’t keeping busy with work she loves, Alea can be found making random lists, updating her website, making pizookies, and obsessing over dogs and buttons.

Sheila Hope

Reader's Advisory Coordinator

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630 969 5625 ext 215

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France

Even when she is not at the library, Sheila enjoys interacting with people, talking about books, and finding the right book for someone. Though she loves animals of all kinds, dogs have always had a special place in her family. Her dog is getting re-certified as a pet therapy animal this year so she can visit people in need and brighten their day.

Carmen Higgins

Outreach Coordinator

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630 969 5625 ext 228

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” — Groucho Marx

Carmen loves working with and helping people and really enjoys telling people about all the great materials, resources, and services we provide at the library. She enjoys long walks in the woods, cooking delicious vegan dishes, and hitting the gym. Carmen also really loves her dog and thinks everyone else should too!

Amy Prechel

Head of Access Services

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630 969 5625 ext 214

Everyone’s weird in their own way.

Amy enjoys learning new skills and figuring out how things work so she can share that knowledge with others. Working in a library is rewarding for Amy because she gets to have a role in connecting people with things they are passionate about. Of her many hobbies, Amy is most known for making a mean apple pie, but she also has a knack for knitting beverage cozies. She absolutely could not live in a world without cheese.

Theresa Barry

Administrative Assistant

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630 969 5625 ext 218

Theresa has enjoyed keeping things organized at WPL, learning about facility management, and working with who she considers the most amazing, positive, and talented people she has had the privilege to be around. She loves to walk, bike, dance, hike, and camp in the cooler seasons. She is also a total foodie and adores great eats!