Linda Pierschalla, Library Director
I have been the Library Director at CPL since we broke ground for the new library in 2013. I grew up in Cedarburg so it was a thrill to come back and help finish the design for the new building and watch it go from a hole in the ground to the beautiful facility that it is. I, along with many others in the community, have fond memories of time spent in the old library and I even recall going to the library when it was still in the upper level of the fire station. My reading preferences are biographies, true life adventure, and current events. I have been a librarian for 30 years and the best part of my job is listening to people talk about what the library, books, and reading have meant to their lives. We are truly an essential service to our community!
David Nimmer, Assistant Director
As a 2nd generation librarian I have a lifelong love of the library world – behind the scenes. From my father’s work in the academic world to my tenure in the public library sector I feel like I have seen it all. My career has included running an audiovisual department during the transition from LP and VHS to CDs and DVDs, managing a branch library and running story times, handling special projects, cataloging and ordering books, requesting and sending books from around the world, acting as a Library Director of a medium sized library for 15+ years, and so much more. I have now settled into the role of an Assistant Director working with technology services and programs. I love it! You will find me most often running around the library checking on equipment and keeping it all running but at other times I get to slow down and contemplate, develop, plan and implement new projects and initiatives that supports the library and the services we provide. Being busy and yet having enough time to dream fits me perfectly. I read mostly science fiction and classics but alas I am a slow reader.
Lauren Pierre, Administrative Assistant & Adult Services Librarian
About 5 years ago after the completion of my MLIS from UW-Milwaukee, I joined the library as the Adult Services Intern and became a full time Adult Services librarian in January 2015. I oversee the adult media collections, ordering DVDs, Blu-Rays, Audiobooks, and music CDs. I especially enjoy ordering the films and particularly enjoy co-planning the various film series. I hold a BA in History with a minor in German from Ripon College. My areas of interest are the European theatre of WWII, and autobiographies. I particularly enjoy discussing books and movies from these areas, as well as, historical fiction. I’m a fan of all of the local coffee shops and can usually be found with a coffee in my hand and earbuds in my ears. If I’m not listening to an audiobook, I’m probably listening to a Broadway musical soundtrack and will most likely be singing along under my breath. I’m known for being able to find a song for any situation!
Deb Bauer, Community & Adult Services Librarian
I’m a 20-year resident of Cedarburg and the Community and Adult Services Librarian here at Cedarburg Public Library. I hold a BA and MA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and worked in public libraries and middle and high school libraries for several years. My husband Craig and I raised four daughters here in Cedarburg who are now scattered in Seattle, L.A., Denver and Wauwatosa. I love to travel, run marathons and listen to audiobooks so ask me about Libby anytime! Favorite books this past year included “There There” by Tommy Orange, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. I plan CPL’s Adult Programming which includes book clubs throughout the year, various film series and ongoing programs such as Bridge the Divide, Tracking the World’s Hot Spots, Needle Arts, Writer’s Workshop, Gems of Hope, and our Memory Café for patrons with dementia and their caregivers. If there is a type of program you would like to see here at CPL, please let me know!
Laura Beldavs, Research & Communications Adult Services Librarian
I worked as a graphic designer for many years before deciding to become a librarian after seeing how my son’s school librarian taught computer and library skills, using Wisconsin author Lois Ehlert’s books in a lesson. Initially, I studied to be a Media Specialist (school librarian), but switched over to Academic Librarian when we were going to move back to the Milwaukee area. I’ve worked in several academic libraries – Princeton University, UWM Special Collections, and Concordia University, before moving over to the public library. My main goal as a librarian is to connect folks with information or a good book, either through reference, instruction, or publicity! At CPL, I’m able to use all of those, which makes the job all the more interesting – not to mention all of the fun programming my coworkers think up! The library is NOT a boring place, that’s for sure!