County library system hires two staff members

New manager at North Fork Community Library

David Austin, a former Seattle librarian, is the new library manager at the North Fork Community Library in Kendall.

Austin grew up in Moses Lake and moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University, where he worked as a student assistant at the Wilson Library, according to a press release from Whatcom County Library System.

He moved to Seattle after graduation and worked at a small university library. He applied for and was accepted into the University of Washington’s Information School, then worked as a librarian for four years in Seattle.

“I became a librarian because I love seeing the light that comes on in people’s eyes (and lives) when they realize the worlds of possibility that are available through the library’s collections and resources,” Austin said in a press release.

Having a young son reminded Austin and his wife about their long-term plan to return to Whatcom County, according to the press release.

County library system welcomes new youth services manager

The Whatcom County Library System recently hired Thom Barthelmess as its youth services manager.

Barthelmess’ library experience includes 11 years at the Spokane County Library District, three years at the Austin Public Library District in Austin, Texas, and most recently, six years teaching future librarians at the Graduate School of Library Information Science at Dominican University in Illinois.

“Thom delivers a knockout storytime and presents middle school and high school book talks that had me placing holds on books as soon as he was done,” said executive director Christine Perkins, in the news release.

The position was recently restructured to make it part of the library system’s management team, highlighting the library’s commitment to early learning, the press release said.

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