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Library General Contacts & Management

Main Desk: [email protected] | 630 869 6160

Adult Services: [email protected] | 630 869 6155

Youth & Teen Services: [email protected] | 630 869 6165

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Julia Coen

Library Director

[email protected] | 630 869 6170

“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 every day 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 Library Director & Manager of Adult Services

[email protected] | 630 869 6171

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

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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.

Brittany’s Book Recs

Kristi Miller

Manager of Youth & Teen Services

[email protected] | 630 869 6165

“You are braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.”

Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

Kristi is passionate about serving youth and families, and has been fortunate to work in public libraries for her entire career. Her favorite part of her work at the library is talking with kids and teens about their interests and connecting them with just the right books and services. Kristi is an avid sports fan who loves spending time outdoors (especially around water), visiting family and friends, traveling, and reading (preferably with a cat on her lap).

Kristi’s Book Recs

Marcy Biala

Manager of Patron & Materials Services

[email protected] | 630 869 6157

Marcy finds working at the Library to be incredibly rewarding. She loves assisting patrons with whatever needs bring them to the Library. The environment is dynamic and stimulating, and she is always learning! Marcy enjoys reading (of course!), traveling, knitting (not proficiently), visiting our amazing national parks (Zion is a favorite!), and volunteering in the community.

Adult Services

Our Adult Services librarians are here to help you find reliable information and research resources, recommend books and other materials, and provide tech assistance.

Email: [email protected]estmontlibrary.org | Phone: 630 869 6155

One-on-one appointments: Book a Librarian | Personalized recommendations: Personal Book Recs

Sara Angel

Adult Librarian

[email protected]

“Having fun isn’t hard when you have a library card.”

― Arthur Reed

Being a librarian combines the attentiveness of being a detective with the patience of a teacher, the compassion of a therapist, and the imagination of a storyteller. I love learning something new every day.

Belle is my favorite Disney Princess and a big reason why I decided to become a librarian. We share a love of books, being our own person, and teacups.

Sara’s Book Recs

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Alex Carlson

Collection Development Specialist

[email protected]

“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.

Alex’s Book Recs

Sandra Chikerotis

Assistant Adult Librarian

[email protected]

“I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.”

― Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing

Sandra loves learning and education, so she really enjoys doing reference; helping people find the answers to all their questions and equipping them with the skills to continue their research are her passions! Every day that she gets to come in and work with her amazing coworkers is a great day, and she feels incredibly lucky to have found a home at Westmont Public Library. When she isn’t at work she is either playing video games, writing, or stopping her cats Moana and Maui from taking over the world.

Sandra’s Book Recs

Natalie DeJonghe

Adult Librarian

[email protected]

“Exit, pursued by bear.”

The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare

Libraries have the potential to be a central pillar of communities. It’s wonderful to be able to assist people with their questions, provide resources and a space to work, and create access to a variety of materials. I love being able to do a little bit of everything: working with patrons, exploring new technologies, and keeping up with all the latest releases.

When I’m not working I’m typically building my latest Lego set, playing video games, carrying my cat around like a sack of potatoes, or trying out a new baking recipe. 

Natalie’s Book Recs

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Amanda Smith

Assistant Adult Librarian

[email protected]

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I want to make the world just a tiny bit better, and believe I can do that by working at a library and being an ally for information in an ever-changing digital world. I want to make everyone feel welcome when they walk through a library’s doors, and make a positive difference in communities by making sure they have the information and tools to succeed. I enjoy getting to interact with patrons as I find them correct books and information. By assisting them, I in turn get to learn about new interests, facts, and literature.

One of my favorite comfort shows is Parks and Recreation and one of my hobbies is cross-stitching. As a MAJOR animal lover, if I ever won the lottery, you can bet I would start an organization to adopt all the homeless pets.

Amanda’s Book Recs

Youth & Teen Services

Our Youth & Teen Services librarians provide services to young patrons, from babies to teens, as well as their caregivers, teachers, and families. Librarians recommend materials, help you access information and library services, and create programming from storytimes to STEAM.

Email: [email protected] | Phone: 630 869 6165

Personalized recommendations: Personal Book Recs | Teen volunteering

Heidi Engel

Assistant Youth Librarian

[email protected]

Libraries are a door to knowledge. My favorite part of my job is helping our youngest visitors enjoy all that the Library has to offer and to develop a love of learning. We will always have more to learn in life, and I believe we should enjoy that. As for me, I also love to be in nature hiking and camping and prefer life with a pet or two or thre.

Heidi’s Book Recs

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Alyssa Johnson

Teen Librarian

[email protected]

“Ah coffee. The sweet balm by which we shall accomplish today’s tasks.”

Ironside, Holly Black

I love making connections with people, especially when it involves gushing over a great book. My favorite thing about my job is being able to inform people about all the programs and resources that libraries have to offer. My favorite phrase to use while working is, “Yes you can do this! Let me show you how.”

My goofy fact is: I never grew out of my Twilight phase; I mostly blame it on Kristen Stewart.

Alyssa’s Book Recs

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Adrian Litwin

Assistant Youth Librarian

[email protected]

“A person’s a person no matter how small.”

— Dr. Seuss

Cherished memories of a childhood filled with books inspire Adrian to share her love of reading with the youngest library patrons. Seeing children and their adults connect through books and storytime brings her great joy.

When not reading, Adrian enjoys spending time in nature, practicing yoga, visiting flea markets, and especially spending time with family.

Adrian’s Book Recs

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Elizabeth Miller

Youth Librarian

[email protected]

“I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

I love working with my fellow staff members to create a welcoming environment for all patrons. I enjoy sharing in the excitement over finding a great new book or movie, the creation of an awesome STEAM project, and when someone learns a new song during storytime. I always tell people I have the best job.

I love non-traditional food combinations; one of my favorite snacks is crumbling feta cheese into a bag of spicy Cheetos… it’s really good!

Elizabeth’s Book Recs

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Kimberly Sipek

Assistant Youth Librarian

[email protected]

“Sometimes the little times you don’t think are anything, while they’re happening, turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life.”

— Andy Warhol

Everyone deserves access to educational materials, but even more so, everyone deserves a space to explore their interests, learn, socialize, and develop a deeper sense of community. My favorite part about my job is working with a team that encourages so much curiosity and creativity! 

Fun Fact: I am a very good hula hooper!

Kimberly’s Book Recs

Marketing & Outreach

Marketing and Outreach help keep Westmont informed about Library news and services and work with other people and organizations in our community to form partnerships and bring collections and services to users outside the Library building.

Marketing: [email protected]

Outreach: [email protected]

Adult volunteering: Information & Application

Carmen Higgins

Outreach Coordinator

[email protected] | 630 869 6158

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!

Kerry Barnett

Graphic Design Associate

[email protected]

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Kerry enjoys talking up the wonders of libraries, design, and getting the scoop on the cutest new picture books. Outside of the library, she can be found 3D printing, perusing estate sales, and kissing cats on their little, furry heads.

Aaron Hawkins

Marketing Associate

[email protected]

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

My favorite thing about working in marketing at a library is that my job is to make sure everyone knows about all the amazing things we have to offer! And there’s so much!

I drink A LOT of coffee. People think I’m a connoisseur. But honestly, I dislike the taste. I only drink it for the caffeine.

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