Reading for her career

HUMBOLDT – Sarah Evans grew up enjoying her trips to the local library, and always knew that she would like to become a librarian.

“I always knew that one day I would like to be a librarian,” said Evans. “I always thought it would be fun to be a children’s librarian. I’ve always been a reader and feel at home in libraries.”

Her interest in libraries led her to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. where she obtained a master of library and information science. In 2009, the children’s librarian position became available at the Humboldt Public Library, and Evans applied for and accepted the job.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better library to work for,” she said.

After four years on the job, Evans decided to expand her knowledge and accepted the position of library director.

“When our former director was retiring, she encouraged me to apply,” said Evans, who has been director since July. “I thought it would be something I might like to do, and I was up to the challenge.”

As director, Evans works with the library’s board of directors, oversees the library staff, works on a yearly budget and coordinates various library programs and the summer reading program throughout the year.

” I work in an administrative capacity now, but I still get to work with kids and the adult programs,” she said. “I’m looking forward to starting the adult book club.”

Evans said one of her favorite aspects of the job is reading books and ordering the latest new materials, which are often requested by patrons.

“Reading is a big part of the job,” she said. “I don’t get to read all day, but I do get to read and then write book reviews. I like to take suggestions and get a feel for what the people want.”

Evans said she enjoys the Humboldt Public Library, particularly the fact that it is housed in a historic Carnegie building.

“I feel privileged that I get to work in a Carnegie Library,” she said. “So many libraries have outgrown their space in them and so few of those buildings are libraries anymore. I am glad we are able to continue to use this building.”

Each day is different, which is why Evans enjoys her job.

“It’s a fun job,” she said. “I enjoy coming to work every day. You never know what each day will hold. Humboldt is a welcoming community with a great sense of community pride, we have great staff, great patrons. I could not have asked for a better library.”