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Library Director

Janice Lyhane


Janice has been the library director since August 29, 2012, but she has worked at the library since the current building opened in May, 1995.  She is passionate about the library and providing its patrons with the best possible service.  So if you ever have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to share!

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family including her three grandchildren or read, of course!  Her favorite authors include James Michener, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich and Diana Gabaldon.  She also enjoys shopping, antiquing, and the occasional bicycle ride.

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Library Assistant, Teen and Tween Services, Children and YA Collection Development Coordinator

Mandy Cook


Growing up, it was inevitable Mandy had her nose stuck in a book. Some kids get in trouble for not reading enough; when Mandy was a kid she got in trouble for reading too much! It is no wonder she fits right in at the library as an adult. Now Mandy is in charge of ordering most of the children’s and young adult books, and trying to convince the teens and tweens she is cool enough to run their program (so far it might be working).

When she’s not at work, Mandy can be found with her family. Her husband, Brian, is as much of a theatre and music nut as she is, so they might be on stage blending their voices together for some good cause; goodness knows you won’t find Brian in the audience if he’s not on stage! Ian and Natalie, Mandy and Brian’s kids, have also been bitten by the spotlight bug. They like the limelight as much as their mom does, although Mandy swears it comes from Brian’s side of the family.

Mandy is a Marshall County native, and she is passionate about keeping her county and community vibrant. She is an advocate for the area’s arts programs, and encourages people to commit their time: whether that is performance or audience participation, it matters! Come find Mandy; she’d love to chat with you!

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Library Assistant, InterLibrary Loan, Cataloging

Debra Volesky-Slupianek

Debra and cat

Debra grew up in Oketo and remembers coming to the Marysville Public Library as a child.  At that time the library was located on Main Street and the children’s section was located in the lower level.  She loved reading mysteries and remembers reading a series of books called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Detectives. She now is a dedicated Stephen King fan with a lifelong goal of reading and owning all of his books and that goal has been met so far.  She also enjoys John Grisham books. Debra’s past employment experience includes working in the accounting and secretarial fields. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kansas State University in her early 40s and believes no one is ever too old to learn. Debra catalogs new acquisitions, is our InterLibrary Loan specialist, and hopes to teach some computer classes at the library. She and her husband Steve enjoy their cats, flower garden, NASCAR, model railroading, watching DVDs and reading.

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Library Aide, Family Storytime Leader, Summer Storytime Leader

Lesa Dierking


Lesa’s role at the Marysville Public Library is one that is an envious one for some and terrifying for others.  She currently leads two children’s storytimes–Tuesday morning storytimes at 10:30 am, and Family Story Time on Thursday evenings, at 6:45 p.m. during the school year. The Summer Library Program for children during the off-school months is also a huge part of her job!

An elementary teacher in her former life, Lesa finds enjoyment in helping children discover a real joy and love of reading. Early literacy is an area in which Lesa has a deep passion. She works to incorporate early literacy techniques in the story times, and strives to be a resource for parents in working with their children.

In other areas of Lesa’s life, she enjoys substituting and volunteering at her daughter, Allison’s school, being involved with her church, playing with her cat, Gracie, and sewing and scrapbooking (did someone say Cricut?).

Check out her blog: Small Town Story Time Lady

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Library Aide, Overdue Specialist, Magazine Collection Coordinator

Kristie Coggins


Kristie moved to Marysville with her husband, Jeremy, in 2012 when his company relocated him to Seneca. Although she’s a true “Southern Girl” who grew up in the Western North Carolina mountains, she and Jeremy have made a very cozy home for themselves and happily embraced life in Kansas. In fact, Kristie was absolutely thrilled to discover our library soon after they arrived, and even more thrilled to get a part-time job here! Kristie excels at creating our monthly newsletter, and also is the caretaker of our magazine collection, which she’s expanded to new levels!

When she’s not at the library, Kristie works as a freelance writer and editor for various individuals and businesses, and fills her spare time with crossword puzzles, newspapers, magazines, books: anything associated with the English language. She and Jeremy also love to travel (they’ve already explored quite a bit of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska!), try out new restaurants, go to the movies, listen to music (preferably live, but satellite radio and her iPod will do), chat with their friends and family back home, and spend quiet nights at home hanging out with their pets–one dog and one cat.

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