Library Staff

Laurie Orton
Library Director

Loving the outdoors after years in the desert, Laurie is hiking and traveling, currently exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest region. Other hobbies include spotting (real) and collecting (fake) foxes, Spider Solitaire, playing April Fools' jokes on coworkers, and making folded book art (the only acceptable form of folding book pages, don’t you know?).

Reading Interests: Fiction—science fiction, fantasy, historical, suspense, literary, contemporary, romance, dystopian, zombies and vampires, with small or large doses of magic thrown in here and there. Nonfiction—quirky memoirs.
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Staff (Alphabetically)

Sarah Benson
Adult Programs Associate

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Floyd Bourne
IT Administrator

This singing, tap-dancing thespian keeps the Library running with super IT skills…and coffee.

Reading interests: The New York Times.
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Naomi Boydston
Public Service Associate
Rowan Buckton
Assistant Director & Adult Services Manager

A poet and adventurer, Rowan can be found playing the ukulele and cello, exploring the local flora and fauna, and crafting something from scratch.

Reading interests: Magical realism (if it has a circus, merperson, or witchy bent, it's definitely in Rowan's to be read pile), fiction that leans towards lyrical, poetry, hybrid essay, all things epistolary, PNW field guides, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, and memoir. Did she mention that she's forever reading YA and picture books? She is.
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Heather Dima
Bookkeeper
An aficionado of numbers, Heather loves when things add up! When she's not crunching numbers or illuminating the Library with her contagious laugh, you can find her hiking and adventuring about.
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Jenni Fleming
Cataloger & Collections Specialist

Favorite hobbies besides reading are traveling, obstacle course racing and watching her chickens run around. She is fascinated by alligators and crocodiles, but is terrified of cockroaches.

Reading interests: Travel books, World War II non-fiction, YA, dystopian fiction and zombies. Her favorite children’s fiction series is Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
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Pat Gislason
Circulation Associate

Finding herself with no cows to chase, Pat has taken to wrangling books at the Library when she is not out horsing around…

Reading Interests: Horse, horses and more horse books.... non-fiction, good fiction, cookbooks, history... likes to read good stories about REAL stuff.
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Elizabeth Griffin
Youth Services Librarian

Elizabeth was born and raised in SW Washington. She has lived in another country but never another state. Some of her favorite activities include listening to audiobooks, eating, and hanging out with her cats. As a lifelong practitioner of karate, Elizabeth spent the last five years teaching in her own dojo.

Reading Interests: Mostly young adult and middle grade books. Preferred genres: historical fantasy (a la Libby Bray), coming of age stories, and Own Voices books.
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Wendy Waxman Kern
Outreach & Technology Coordinator

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Heidi Kuheim
Administrative Manager
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Melina Lagios
Youth Services Manager

Ditched urban life for rural living on five acres with a guitar playing chords man, one barky dog, four quacking ducks, and a cat from the Galapagos who brings bull froggies home for dinner. For a little peace and quiet Melina plays bells every Monday night with the High Class Ding-a-lings.

Reading Interests: Picture books, biographies, creative nonfiction, The New Yorker, well-written obituaries, books on self sufficient living, and anything by Jonathan Franzen.
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Stephanie Mattox
Cataloger & Collections Specialist

Our resident Wonder Woman prefers listening to audio books rather than actually reading. Stephanie just recently learned how to swim, someday wishes to be able to do one pull up, and her favorite game to play is Words with Friends.

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Brenna Normann
ILL Coordinator & Collections Specialist

Two conversations with strangers have influenced Brenna's life: one with an Orcas Island resident, the other with a naturalist who once lived in Friday Harbor. The advice they gave her boils down to two things: "why not you" and "you gotta chase it". In her free time Brenna is often playing with her dog, usually exploring the island, and always looking for whales.

Reading Interests: Brenna is usually listening to an audiobook downloaded onto her phone, probably working through a fantasy series. She also loves a good comedy and will watch, read, or listen to anything that makes her laugh.
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Kasey Rasmussen
Public Service Associate
Amy Saxe-Eyler
Development Director

Having spent most of her career in the big world of corporate finance, Amy made a swift transition to an idyllic island life in 2009. She devoted her skills full-time to helping local nonprofits and has never looked back. In her spare time, Amy can be found cuddling with her 2 rescue greyhounds among piles of novels, cookbooks, and knitting projects. She drinks entirely too much tea and possesses a life-long affinity for tiny found objects (her "whatnot collection") and handmade dolls.

Reading Interests: Historical nonfiction, historical fiction, fanasy fiction, cookbooks, folklore, dystopian, murder mysteries, and anything by Barbara Kingsolver or Agatha Christie.
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Sue Vulgares
Circulation Manager

Our resident raptor expert, Sue likes to watch wildlife and observe the seasonal changes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Reading interests: Non- fiction and historical drama and indulges in a yearly reading of the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Other favorite recent readings include The Boys in the Boat, The Last Bus to Wisdom, Grandma Gatewood's Walk : The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail and The Orphan Train.
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Substitute Library Staff

Marty Robinson
Substitute Library Staff
Marty has been involved with the San Juan Island Library for over 40 years, in a wide range of positions. She is an intrepid traveler and often can be found exploring the sights in Nepal, Spain or Thailand. When she is on the island she is a keen reader, singer and always ready with a smile!
Reading Interests: Travel books, biographies and basically anything which looks interesting.
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Joyce Stimpson
Substitute Library Staff
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Jill Twist
Substitute Library Staff
Lately, Jill's favorite ways to spend the day are hiking, making bread, and talking with family.
Reading Interests: She loves variety--literary fiction and graphic novels to world poetry and children's picture books (especially the beautifully illustrated ones).
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