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Thursday, June 6, 2013

New Branch Head for Westbank Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library

On May 31st, the community came out to the Westbank Branch to bid adieu to long-time librarian Judy Hammond. Musical entertainment, cake and other refreshments made for a fun party and Judy was honored by the number of people that came by, especially the many children that Judy has gotten to know over her 18 years with the Okanagan Regional Library. It was also an opportunity for patrons to meet Sharon Hanna, who will begin in the new position of Branch Head starting June 3rd.

Judy hands a stack of books
to incoming librarian Sharon
Sharon is excited about the move to Westbank. “It will be really great to get involved with the community there – to build relationships, to carry on the good work that Judy has been doing and to instigate some of my own ideas,” says Sharon. “It is a more independent position that will be fun and challenging – managing people and getting to know the staff and library patrons.”

Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both from her time as Reference Librarian at the Kelowna Branch since 2009 and as a Branch Manager in the Vancouver Island Regional Library System before that.

Sharon has two cats, named Oreo and Ewok! When she is not working, Sharon likes music, drawing with pastels, writing and has started a walk-run program with a goal of doing a ten kilometer run next year.

Please stop in and welcome Sharon to the Westbank Branch. The branch is located in the Westridge Mall at 2484 Main Street and hours of opening are Mondays 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesdays 10 am to 8 pm. Thursdays 10 am to 6 pm, Fridays 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

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