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 loved to conduct story time and youth literacy events.
Worthey 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 2016 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 seven 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!
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!
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.
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 three farmers’ markets in western Washington County.
For many years, Candii, Gordon and their daughter, Kelsii Jo 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 joined the North Plains Library in May 2016 as a Library Clerk. She received her BS in History at Portland State University. She is currently attending San Jose State University pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree.