Gloria Repolesk, Head of Children's Services
Ms. Gloria has worked in the Children's Department since 2010. Her wacky sense of humor makes her perfect to plan crazy, fun programs geared for the elementary- aged kids. If you see her at the schools, don't worry! She is occasionally allowed to leave the library, but only to visit the schools to perform story-times and book talks. Please don't hesitate to ask her for book recommendations. She makes it her personal mission to find the perfect book for each individual patron!
Lisa Angwin, Children's Department
Tess DeView, Children's Department
Tess joined the ONL team in 2015 as a page in the Circulation Department, then made the switch to Children's two years later. She's responsible for maintaining the children's audio-visual collection, as well as doing Library Out Loud storytime for lower elementary, Bookmania book club for upper elementary, and Crossover for tweens. If you want to chat her up, ask her about her cats, a good mystery (made up or true), or her passion for French fries.
Morgan Higgins, Children's Librarian
Ms. Morgan has worked in libraries since 2010 and joined the O'Neal Library in 2015. She orders books and plans programs for our 3rd-6th grade patrons. One of her favorite things is to find the perfect book for any reader who crosses her path. She also loves podcasts, blue M&Ms, her cat, fall weather, and all things nerdy (not necessarily in that order). Find her in the children's department anytime to talk books or the latest episode of Doctor Who!
Dale Ingram, Children's Department
Rachel Owens, Children's Department
Rachel has spent over a decade at ONL, honing the art of programming for the library's youngest patrons. She runs Patty Cake Storytime for babies and caregivers, Library Out Loud storytime for K-2nd graders, and Breakout Book Club for emerging readers and their parents. She also keeps up with the picture book and early reader collections, as well as designing monthly fliers and posters for everything going on in the children's department. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know the kids and matching books to folks, so stop in and visit her for your next book recommendation. And if you miss her at the library, there's a good chance she's playing outside - running, hiking, kayaking, or just sitting in the sun with a good book.
Merideth Stackpole, Children's Department
"Movers and Makers" is the name of Ms. Merideth's storytime because she enjoys sharing children's books that dynamically inspire creativity. As the Community Outreach Librarian, Merideth spends much of her time at the schools and producing O'Neal's many community Pop Ups. Merideth, who believes anything you need to know can be learned from a children's book, also curates the beautiful and browsable Children's nonfiction collection. When not at the library or in the community telling stories and talking about books, she's traveling with her husband or at home with her own three almost grown children: a Disney nerd, an activist, and a ballet dancing soccer player. Merideth started at the O'Neal Library in 2006. She has a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama and previously taught early childhood education at Jefferson State.