New librarian excited to meet community

Elena Doebele puts books away on her first day as librarian of Westbank
Elena Doebele puts books away on her first day as librarian of Westbank's branch of Okanagan Regional Library. Doebele said she's looking forward meeting the community and helping them connect with the books and resources they need.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

Before Elena Doebele could finish her first day as librarian of Westbank's branch of Okanagan Regional Library Tuesday, several media outlets had already stopped by to snap photos of her at work.

The new librarian—who previously worked for Calgary Public Library for just over six years—admitted she isn't used to all of the attention; however, she's happy to be working in West Kelowna.

"I'm really excited to get to know the staff and the community out here in West Kelowna—find out what the needs are and go from there," said Doebele.

"I really like helping people either find a great book or connect with the right resource, whether it's electronic or in print."

While working in Calgary, Doebele worked on several projects, such as creating a community garden next to the library she worked at. A big part of her job also focused on early literacy and children's services.

Doebele said she's excited to be living closer to family: Her parents live in the Interior and she has quite a few other family members in B.C. as well. She's also looking forward to doing more skiing and hiking.

As for her favourite book, the new librarian didn't have a quick answer.

"It's really hard to ask a librarian her favourite book.

"I read a lot of kid's books in my last job; I think Charlotte's Web is up there."

Twitter: @PatersonWade


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