Meet Our Staff
Steve Thiry, Library Director
Hi, I am the library director. You will find me strolling through the library at random times of the day, or I might be out meeting people in the West Bend community. In my youth, I was a strong reader but struggled with the structure of a school. My curiosity about our world and its people led me to public libraries to access a wealth of information from diverse perspectives. I always considered the public library as my second place. After a brief stint as a social studies and alternative education teacher, I returned to my passion for libraries. My goal is to preserve public libraries as a community resource for education, a source for entertainment, and a second place. My favorite books span all genres, and I get my reading recommendations from patrons who use the library. I also enjoy the outdoors. You can reach me at email@example.com.
Brad Ney, Deputy Director
Brad is very addicted to coffee and often works behind the scenes at the library.
Emily Laws, Head of Circulation
Hi, my name is Emily. I am your go-to gal for questions about your library account and library material. I am one of many faces you will see at the service desks. Say "hello" when you see me! I love meeting new people. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara Davister, Adult Services and Reference
Hi, I'm Sara and I'm one of the Adult Services librarians. You'll often find me at the Reference Desk where I'm happy to help with any questions! I love to hear people's stories and enjoy talking with patrons. I order adult fiction and audiobooks, work with book clubs, plan library events and programs, and also work on our website. When I'm not on the Reference Desk, I'll often be in my office ordering new books or out and about in the library. In my spare time, I love cooking, taking walks, and reading. Email me at email@example.com.
Terika Koch, Youth Services Librarian
Meet children's librarian, Terika Koch, whose love of pizza rivals that of books. When she is not at the Information Desk answering reference questions, you'll find her in her office researching children's books, planning programming, playing with puppets, making crafts, and rehearsing storytime songs (off-key). Terika loves her job and what she loves the most is she can wear silly clothes, sing terribly, make kid crafts, and read picture books…all on the clock - and no one thinks it's bizarre! Email Terika at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Larson, Outreach Librarian
After growing up as a bookmobile kid in rural Wisconsin, I now have the fantastic opportunity to make the library accessible for others. I have the privilege of working primarily with a senior population, providing library service around Washington County.
At home I am Cat Mom to two loveable tabby cats whose favorite activity is sitting around on quiet weekends and reading, preferably a good mystery.
Darci Trapp, Head of Technical Services
Hi I am Darci and I am the Head of the Technical Services department. My department catalogs all the libraries materials and processes them to be available for checkout. We catalog about 800-1,000 items a month. When I am not behind the reference desk or cataloging our materials my hobbies are reading, working on puzzles, walking at the lake and fishing. I have even learned how to fillet the fish we catch during the fishing season and preparing them for a fish fry! Email me at email@example.com.
Ryan Parker, Interlibrary Loan and Reference
This is Ryan Parker, the Interlibrary Loan Librarian and one of the Reference Librarians. If you need a book or article and the library does not have it, just request it and he can probably get it for you. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mara Riebau, Adult Nonfiction and Reference Librarian
I am proud to be the West Bend Library's Adult Non-Fiction and Adult DVD librarian. I enjoy ordering both types of material. The variety within both collections makes for a very interesting time browsing titles!
I established the annual Cookbook Sale in 2014. The Cookbook Sale is a yearly book sale that sells primarily cookbooks and some art/craft books. All of the profits are then used to purchase new cookbooks that year. The annual Cookbook Sale is held every second weekend of May.
In 2016 I built the Rare Book Collection using books the Library already owned, but were published prior to 1950. This collection houses many items that are no longer in print but still offer readers valuable information or a point of view. The items can be checked out like all other material.
I also develop and host Adult/General programs. I like to offer craft programs for our community to have an opportunity to make something fun at the library. I also like to offer a variety of lecture based programs.
I staff the Reference Desk, too, so if you have any questions or need help, just ask! Email me at email@example.com.
Susan Robbins, Head of Reference
Meet Susan Robbins, reference librarian, notary, unofficial psychiatrist and herbalist. If not upstairs helping people, you'll find her working on her small farm with her chickens and gardens or golfing with her husband. Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on how to reach the staff and service desks at the West Bend Library, visit our Contact Us page.