Meet our staff
Here are the Librarians working for Matamata-Piako District Libraries:
Josh - Library Assistant
I joined the libraries after college, worked here for three years, then wandered off on a mystical quest into the land of Nod where I was taught how to skateboard by a Chinese man with a full back tattoo. I then returned to the libraries having gained much in the way of wisdom but having also lost some measure of my sanity. I like reading about English country houses, British sports cars and the New Zealand wilderness.
Lorraine - Library Team Leader
I'm a tattoeed, crazy, Winnie the Pooh follower who loves to read!
Being Team Leader in our Local Library is the best position out. I am a Grandma with 5 grandsons and I live for my family and my love of books. I love all the changes that are happening in Libraries, and technology now plays a big part in our day-to-day service. Encouraging young ones to explore in our space, then watching them come back as Young Adults and then parents has been a delight over the years. I enjoyed reading the "Sara Maas Thorne of Glass" series which is a great read to escape into if you like fantasy books.
Rachel - Library Team Leader
I entered libraries because I am passionate about reading, learning and digital literacy. Coming from a teaching background, I have been in libraries for a decent chunk of my working life, first in Auckland before I moved to join MPDC Libraries. I read quite a few books & eBooks in different genres (variety is the spice of life after all!).
Heather - Library Team Leader
I've been in Matamata-Piako Libraries for 3 years now, and am the current Team Leader at Morrinsville Library. I love my job, and really enjoy getting to know our community as they come into the library. My bookshelf is now full of picture books and board books from the library – my girls are always asking for more special treats from the library.
Ciaran - Library Assistant
I've been a librarian since September 2018 and I'm loving it. Before that I worked in journalism, where an eye for detail and grammar also comes in handy! I've always loved reading, particularly horror. I've recently been reading an embarrassing amount of Stephen King, as well as reacquainting myself with some of the old masters, such as Poe and Lovecraft.
Vicki - Customer Services Librarian
I have worked as a librarian since 1998 – first in a primary school for twelve months, then at a Secondary school. I worked for two years at an Intermediate School and then went back to Secondary – working two years on Waiheke Island at the local High School. I have been in my current role for nearly 7 and a half years.
I first started working in a library at the school that my sons attended due to my love of reading and books and I have to admit the school holidays made the position appealing. But it became apparent that there was so much more and the ability to empower so many people and assist them in their love of reading or the various other areas that now encompass libraries makes it an enjoyable career option. The only genre I don't tend to read from is Sci Fi – no real reason – I read fiction and non-fiction.
Sarah - Library Assistant
When I first started at the library (10 whole years ago) I only worked for one hour per day shelving the books at Te Aroha Library. Initially I took the job as I was working from home and was finding that very isolating, I needed to get out of the house but still have time to focus on my own work as an artist. I also love books and reading so the job was a perfect fit. I don't have nearly enough time in life to read now that I have a family but I am really enjoying re-reading many of my childhood favourites to my boys and am consistently amazed at how vivid the memories are of books I read decades before. The books I like to read for myself are often the fiction books that hardly ever get checked out. The books that make me think and challenge me, often books about what make people tick rather than events as such.
Annelies - Technical Services Librarian
I originally started working in libraries for the love of books but stayed for the love of people/community (with being surrounded by books as nice bonus). I've worked in a variety of libraries both overseas and in New Zealand and have been at Matamata-Piako Libraries for the past 2 years. I mostly enjoy reading fantasy and historical fiction. However with two small kids I end up reading more board and picture books (I'll be branching out into early readers shortly), so I'm always on the hunt for new and interesting kids books.
Josie - Library Assistant
After cutting my teeth on publishing, PR, journalism and teacher aide-ing, I joined the staff at Te Aroha Library in 2003, and, blimey, I'm still here!
My genres of choice are mystery, literature, children's and teens, and gardening. I'm a big fan of our magazine collection, and despite being a Real Book freak, love how easy it is to use the Wheelers e-platform too.
Fascinating Fact About Me: I'm an extremely competitive mini-golf player (not good, just competitive).
Charissa - Technical Services Assistant Librarian
I grew up often visiting my local library in Papakura & I first started volunteering in the library before getting my first library job at 17 for the Waikato District Council. I have been working here in the Matamata-Piako Libraries since 2015 when I moved to Matamata after spending 8 months traveling though UK & Europe. I love traveling & reading, though carting around the amount books I can go through doesn't help towards light packing. Ebooks are a life saver! I love being able to travel with a whole range of eBooks and audio books at my disposal though the ePlateform app we have here at Matamata Piako Libraries.
Judith - Library Assistant
Being a Librarian has taught me a lot, not just about the books but the people who read the books and also the way technology has evolved in the Library over the many years I have been working there. The type of books I like to read are generally fiction, sometimes I'm in the mood for a good thriller/adventure, or maybe a family saga or anything in between! I like to travel so travel biographies are another favourite.
Helen - District Librarian
I'm a dabbler in all sorts of things and that's why I enjoy being a librarian. It has bits of everything: customer service, problem solving, teaching, event planning, research, story telling and more. I love the sea, and kayaking especially, and coincidentally someone once told me that she sees librarians as navigators. I like that image very much.