Anderson joins Kendall Young Library staff

A fresh face can be seen working in the halls of Kendall Young Library.

Linsday Anderson began working at the library as a teen librarian on Monday. As a new member of the library’s staff, Anderson said she’s been keeping busy learning about the inner-workings of the local institution.

“I’m trying to experience a little bit of every department here which has been really great,” Anderson said. “I’m getting to know a lot of the staff right away.”

Anderson is no stranger to libraries. She began working at a library shelving books at the age of 16. Since then, she’s found many reasons to appreciate her work.

“I’ve always loved the environment, the relative quiet and all of the books,” Anderson said. “I also love the interaction with the public and especially the community. I just think it gives you such a fun way to experience the community.”

Anderson said she also enjoys working with children and teenagers, so her job encompasses many of her favorite things.

Anderson is a native of Holt, Michigan. She completed her first two years of undergraduate studies at the nearby Lansing Community College. Then, Anderson transferred to Eastern Michigan University and studied creative writing and literature.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Anderson said she considered what she would like to do for a career. Once again, she took up work at a library. After a couple of years working there, Anderson said she became interested in attending library school. In just over a week, Anderson said she will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison library school.

The job opening at Kendall Young Library caught Anderson’s attention. That’s because her parents and two younger sisters now live in Storm Lake. She had never heard of Webster City before, but liked the idea of living close to family.

“I started doing some research on the library and I was just really blown away by how beautiful this place is and it’s a rather large library relative to the size of the community,” Anderson said.

Those visiting Kendall Young Library are invited to introduce themselves to Anderson. While she’s still busy training, Anderson said she’s usually around the library during regular hours Monday through Friday. Anderson said she’s already received many warm welcomes to the community.

“I’m really enjoying Webster City so far,” Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the community even more.”