Check Out the Tuttle Library Staff
Rhonda Rogers is the Tuttle Library Preschool Coordinator donating her time and resources to our community’s preschoolers. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. she has story and activity time. Mrs. Rhonda has 4 to 6 regulars, but if you have a preschooler, you are welcome to sign up and come on any or all Wednesdays. After a story and some fun activity, there is usually a snack. Rhonda has a passion for teaching children. She has home educated her own children since 1992, taught Missionettes and Royal Rangers for many years, served as God’s House children’s pastor, taught preschool at an education cooperative, has been a 4-H leader, and she was a leader for the teens in her home education support group.. She even had her own preschool for a couple of years. She and husband, Jim Ed, have six children and have been married 31 years. Four of their children are grown and she has one grandson, and another grandson due this month. Their daughter, AJ, goes to Tuttle High School, and son Garret is homeschooled in the fourth grade. He and Lori Dennis are Rhonda’s helpers on Wednesdays.
Rhonda remembers that she began teaching children at church when she was nine years old. Rhonda’s parents were both lifelong Grady County residents raising six children in Tuttle, including Rhonda and her twin brother. Rhonda was her parent’s caregiver, with help from family members, after her parents began needing help in 2008. Her mom, Wanda Garrett, passed away in 2010; and her dad, Adrian, in 2013. As a girl, her family were custom harvesters. When school let out for summer, the family would head north and work through Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and sometimes even into Montana and Wyoming.
As a resident, Rhonda was glad when she saw that her family would finally be able to enjoy a library in her hometown of Tuttle. She feels it is “a vital part of the community.” Rhonda said, “I want to do my part to keep it going. It is a place to study and research with internet access that not everyone has in Tuttle. I think a library is most important for preschoolers. Reading is a key to life. If you can read, you can accomplish anything. Books are an adventure, taking you places to learn and discover. If you have the tools to get information, you can be a success.”
Rhonda would like to see the library in a bigger space with a room for story time. Right now, all our children’s programming usually happens when the library is closed to other patrons. There just isn’t room to have a program and the library be open. “If we had the space, we could have more programming for every age. Seniors could do an exercise class, learn to use the internet, or have a domino tournament; we could help others who need life skills by offering classes on cooking, simple clothing repair, budgeting, parenting, and so much more.”
For now, Rhonda is happy teaching our preschoolers. She also works part time as a dietary cook at the Tuttle Nursing Center. She enjoys gardening and canning, learning about herbs, camping, crafts and scrapbooking. Her family has cows, chickens, rabbits, goats, and pigs. For Rhonda, Tuttle is home sweet home, and having a library makes that even sweeter.