Lettie W. Jensen Library News Meet the new Library Director

By Kristi Ruggles

My name is Kristi Ruggles, and I am thrilled to be the new Library Director at the Lettie Jensen Library. My family is new to the Amherst community, but I have felt so welcomed already! My husband, Tomorrow River Schools District Administrator Ryan Ruggles, and I have three teenage children: Grace, Sam, and Jacob. As a family, we love to travel and be outdoors, so moving here was a perfect fit! I have a background in education as a high school English teacher for many years, so working with books and people comes naturally. I have a passion for literature, and I am excited to bring you an array of engaging books, events, and activities in the coming months. If you need anything, please just ask!


Book Club Spotlight: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. September’s book club selection is the timeless classic, Catcher in the Rye. Join us for lively discussion September 20 at 3 p.m., as we delve into the profound themes and captivating narrative of this iconic novel. This timeless classic coming-of-age tale explores the journey of Holden Caulfield as he navigates the complexities of growing up, identity, and society’s expectations. Whether you’re revisiting it or reading for the first time, this is a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow book enthusiasts. If you are interested in reading this book, stop by the Lettie Jensen Library for a copy.


Lego Night: Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Calling all builders and creators! Unleash your imagination at our weekly Lego Night, held every Wednesday — this is a new change in the schedule — at 6 p.m. Gather with friends and family to construct unique creations, solve building challenges, and enjoy a fun-filled evening of creativity. Lego Night is open to all ages.

I believe in the power of community, and libraries are the heart of a community. I am dedicated to providing everyone with an enriching experience. I encourage you to share your ideas and suggestions for new programs, events, and resources that you would like to see. Drop by the library or reach out to me to contribute your thoughts and ideas, or stop by just to say hello.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing books with the community!

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