MEET THE STAFF
Library Director Will Worthey is originally from Dumbartonshire, Scotland. His father was a Texan oil rig worker and his mother a member of the Brooks Clan. His family contains a long line of carpenters and shipwrights from Dumbarton town, and he was the first in his family to attend university. He holds an undergraduate degree in medieval history from Glasgow University and a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Strathclyde University, also in Glasgow, Scotland.
Worthey came to the United States in 1997 and has over 25 years’ experience working in libraries in the UK, in Oak Ridge, TN, locally at the Tualatin Public Library, and most recently as the director of the Garden Home Community Library. Will takes great pride in his 15 years as a youth services librarian and may take a turn at story time every now and then.
Worthey is married with an 18 year old son and a 15 year old daughter. He is a passionate reader of history, particularly of Europe in the Middle Ages, and of non-fiction in general. He is also a home improvement hobbyist, having refitted and repaired four fixer-upper homes over twenty years. Lastly, he is a very keen Dragon Boat paddler whose finest moment on the river may have come when his team, the Castaways, achieved the division B gold at the recent Seattle Dragon Boat Festival.
Carol is the Volunteer Coordinator for the library. Growing up in a large family on a small farm in Nebraska cultivated a deep affection for the outdoors, gardening, homemaking, and care of animals while the long Nebraska winters fostered the love of reading, writing, and libraries. Carol received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Fresh out of college, Carol began her early career as a Public Relations Coordinator at a regional medical facility. Her love of children, teaching, and lifetime fitness drew her to become a physical education teacher.
For the last five years, the North Plains Public Library has captured her heart and time. She feels blessed to work at the Library as the Volunteer Coordinator, a job she loves, working with wonderful people she enjoys, and being part of a community that truly cares!
Carol is happily married to Scott and couldn’t be prouder of their two grown children. Her family shares a passion for being intentionally active and for travel adventures.
Carol’s favorite “reads” are mostly non-fiction with an occasional mystery or adventure thrown in!
Jackie Welch has been the Youth Librarian at North Plains since 2009. She earned her BA in Geography from Humboldt University in her native California and her Master of Library Science degree from San Jose State University.
It is Jackie who plans all the Preschool Storytimes, Super Saturdays for elementary school-aged children, and Teen Programs. She orchestrates the Summer Reading Program for youth, and arranges for the performers and programs.
Jackie is also responsible for buying all the new books, magazines, and DVDs for children aged 0-17. She is the go-to person for advice on what to read and view in these categories and is always up on the latest kids’ trends. Jackie’s favorite literature includes young adult fantasy and graphic novels.
Jackie’s hobbies outside the Library include seeing musicals, archery, playing Trivial Pursuit, and walking with her partner and their two dogs.
Heidi is a native Oregonian, and loves all things Northwest: her garden, her animals (three cats, 7 hens, and 2 adorable collies), the beautiful autumns, the mountains, and the beaches.
She came to work at North Plains Public Library more than four years ago after volunteering for two years. Her special responsibilities at work include being the go-to person for checkin and checkout procedures and our Library’s liaison to the Washington County Cooperative Library Services for the same. With her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, it is not surprising that Heidi volunteered to host the Library’s monthly Writers’ Group. This has proven to be one of our must successful undertakings, with steady growth in attendance since the group began meeting in June of 2012.
Heidi’s husband, J.D., is also a native Oregonian. They both love to travel, and their favorite mode is by private plane, especially to the out islands of the Bahamas.
Having lived near North Plains for many years, Sheila Nelson is happy to be a part of the community by working at the North Plains Public Library where you will be warmly greeted by her whenever she is stationed at the front desk.
She and her husband, Philip, manage ten acres of forest on Pumpkin Ridge which is home to numerous flocks of grosbeaks, finches, swallows, and hummingbirds. They like to get away to a variety of beaches and coastlines for a different perspective. Sheila’s favorite part of her job is to match readers and books, so come in and let her try to find you a great summer read!
Please meet Cindy Hibray. After a year of volunteering for the Library, she joined the staff in November 2014 as a part time Library Clerk. Cindy enjoys working behind the scenes processing new books and DVDs as well as working at the Checkout Desk welcoming patrons. She enjoys being a part of the North Plains community.
Cindy was born and raised in New Mexico. She received a BA in Accounting from the University of New Mexico and earned her CPA professional certification. She and her husband, Kevin, spent a decade living in various places throughout the country before deciding to move to Oregon in 1999 to live in the trees and rain, which they both love. Since having her third child, Cindy’s time has been dedicated to homeschooling her children. (All are now teenagers.) Both Cindy and her husband are actively involved in supporting their two youngest in a musical theater group.
Cindy loves being outside with her kids, playing with her dog, and watching her chickens. She enjoys reading, playing games, watching her kids perform, and hanging out with friends.
Jeff joined the North Plains Library in August 2015. He works both as a clerk and facilities maintenance for the library taking care of the building and grounds.
Some of you may have met Jeff and his daughter in the past when they brought their dairy goat kids for story time or at the presentation on beekeeping this last spring. A native Oregonian, Jeff enjoys exploring Oregon’s natural wonders with his family. When not at the library Jeff can be found hiking, kayaking, and camping with his family.
Jeff often has a book in hand and enjoys historical nonfiction, science fiction, and dystopian fantasy.
Candii joined the North Plains Public Library as a part-time Cataloger in October 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and is currently employed at Tuality Healthcare in two capacities: for the library as a Cataloger and for the hospital as a Basic Life Support Coordinator. Over the 20+ years that Candii has worked for Tuality Healthcare, she has worn many hats which include Health Screener, Fitness Coordinator, Child Car Seat Safety Technician and Coordinator, and Employee Wellness Coordinator. She is a certified Health and Wellness Coach.
Candii and her husband, Gordon, live near Gales Creek where they operate a small USDA certified organic farm specializing in garlic and vegetables that are available at five farmers’ markets in western Washington County. For nearly ten years, Candii has served as a member and executive for the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market Board of Directors.
For many years, Candii, Gordon and their daughter, Kelsii volunteered and did fundraising for the Friends of the Banks Public Library.
Candii enjoys reading all types of books as well as listening to mp3 audiobooks. Around the farm, she enjoys horse riding and horse care, spending time with pets, and walking around the neighborhood and in the woods on the farm.
Brianna Sowinski received her BS in History at Portland State University. She will begin taking classes from San Jose State University in the fall to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science degree. She is thrilled to join the North Plains Public Library as a Library Clerk.