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Coleman new Hazel Mackin Library Director

Krissa Coleman is the new director of the Hazel Mackin Library. (Photo by Jason Schulte)

Krissa Coleman couldn’t believe it.

Seeking a career change and wanting to be more involved in the Roberts community, she questioned her husband Brett’s suggestion she should apply at the Hazel Mackin Community Library.

“I never thought I would work at the library because I was too loud,” she said.

She applied and was named Youth Services Director, a move she hasn’t regretted.

“I love people,” she said. “Whether it’s someone who is 94 years old, or a two to three-year-old, who is coming in for a high-five...it is the best part of the job.”

Coleman officially started last week as the new director, replacing Hackman.

“This building is not just about books and materials, it’s about people,” Coleman continued. “We will strive to provide excellent service, quality programs and resources because we want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

When it became known Hackman’s time as director were ending, Coleman jumped at the opportunity to be director.

“I wanted to make a difference in our community,” she said. “And be a positive force in the lives of our patrons.”

And while Coleman’s first week was last week, she was named director months ago and therefore learned on-the-job from Hackman.

“I used this summer to learn everything I could from Brenda in the transition time because we never knew when she was going to be headed to Iowa,” Coleman said. “The extra time of training I received was well worth it. I know many new directors are lucky to have any transition time at all with their predecessor.

“We have an amazing staff,” she continued, praising her co-workers. “They love to laugh, it’s a positive environment...We work well as a team.”

She admitted giving up the Youth Services duties were tough, but believes it’s in good hands with new hire Brittany Fahrenkamp.

“It was definitely a passion for me,” she said, “But I can still participate.”

Having two kids -- Kalena, a senior, and Blake, a sophomore -- who went through the SCC school district, Coleman said was a huge help when she first started at Hazel. With everyone knowing her, she said, it helped get the programs off the ground, which included storytimes, Tween and Teen Book Clubs, craft days, lego clubs, movie and game days.

“My goal is to grow the programs we have here,” Coleman said. “Expand the technology, provide more STEM programs, basically see where the (library) board wants to take us.”

Coleman also thanked the Library Board for its commitment and efforts to the Library, for example, the Hazel Mackin building is the envy of larger communities who are in search of a new Library.

She also wanted to remind people of the Library’s Halloween events on Oct. 30, which include an appearance from Anna in Frozen and the movie “Spooky Buddies”. She also said the library’s 40th birthday celebration, which is this year, will all coincide with their holiday event, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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