Check Out the Tuttle Library Staff
by Sue Armstrong
Unlike libraries in other towns and cities where taxes pay for the staff and resources, the Tuttle Library has an all-volunteer staff; and we rely on donations and grants to pay the bills and purchase necessary supplies and resources. Without donations, volunteers, and the Friends of the Tuttle Public Library; there would be no Tuttle Library. To better educate and serve our community, we will be introducing a new volunteer each month. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our library staff coordinator, Jane Bryant, 405-388-5271.
Lori Dennis is the current president of the Friends of the Tuttle Public Library and a library staff volunteer. She joined the team in the summer of 2014. Lori saw the new sign and got very excited that Tuttle was getting a library. After further investigation, she learned the library needed volunteers. Lori now volunteers on Friday afternoons and some Saturdays, working an average of 15 hours every week assisting patrons and taking care of other library needs.
Lori’s other interests are many and varied. She loves music, books, movies and video games. Currently her favorite video games are Skyrim and FallOut 4. Before marrying husband Bill, Lori worked in doctors’ offices as a medical assistant. After getting married and moving to Bill’s home in Tuttle 21 years ago, Lori has been able to pursue her many interests and stayed home with her daughter, Heather, who graduated in 2003. Bill recently retired and since they both enjoy traveling, they are hoping now to go places they have always wanted to see. One of the places Lori travels to most is San Antonio to see Heather and her family. As every grandmother does, Lori adores her two grandsons.
Lori believes that “children need a library to provide literature, arts, and culture for their personal pleasure and learning, and to stimulate imagination.” She also expressed that the library is for all ages to foster a continued desire to learn new things, and it is a place that provides technology. She states, “You would be surprised how many come in to use the computers.” Her vision for the library is to be bigger with more resources for the community, and eventually have paid staff so the library is open more hours.
The Tuttle Library has something for everyone. Go by and check out the computers, internet, Wi-Fi, coffee, books, Overdrive downloadable books, books on CD, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, copier, fax, preschool programs, teen Wii tournaments, children’s programming, book club, and more!