“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 Manager of Patron Services
630 869 6171
“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.
“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.
“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).
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.
“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.
“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!