Kim Holesha is Programming Coordinator at the Marengo-Union Library district. She began working at the desk in the Library 10 years ago, and came into her present position 2 years ago, when her predecessor Susan Parker retired. “It’s my goal to someday be as good as Susan was,” Kim states.

Kim is the person behind many of the programs that take place at the Library all year long. From the monthly adult book club to the many stand-alone events, Holesha has planned and brought them to reality. She “dreams up” some of the programs, take suggestions from the public, and learns about successful programs when she attends regional and state library conferences and conventions. She even admits to getting some ideas—especially those for the current Mad Science Program—from Pinterest.

Holesha is energetic and enthusiastic. Her eyes sparkle as she describes the recent successful Mad Scientist bottle rocket launch, or the upcoming program “Pinched Paintings.” The latter will take place July 22 when a speaker from the Art Institute of Chicago comes to discuss famous stolen art work.

“I want people to know all our library has to offer,” Holesha comments. “We will always have books, of course, but we have so much more. We are here to catch people’s interests, to enrich their lives and to provide a safe place for everyone to come and learn and have fun.”

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