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 The Genesee District Library (GDL) has named Katie Badgley as the new branch librarian at the Linden Library. Badgley’s 25-year career in libraries includes 12 years at GDL, six as the children’s librarian. She also served as head of Children’s Services at the Orion Township Public Library, and as a school media specialist for Mill Valley Schools in California. She also is a storyteller for the Michigan Humanities Council grant-funded Prime Time program.

 She replaces John Ekleberry, who was named technical services manager of the GDL.

 “The challenges we are facing in 2020 are making the library more important than ever,” Badgley said.

 The library provides free digital access to ebooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, videos, and a variety of educational materials and databases that people can access right from their homes, 24/7, during a quarantine.

 “I like the size and small town feel and beautiful setting of the Linden Library,” Badgley said. “I love it when teens come in to cool off and hang out after swimming or having fun in the sun and the park by the river. I love helping families find great books to share together. I enjoy discussing books, movies and podcasts with other people.”

 When programming returns, she hopes to add a baby story time in addition to the regular preschool story times that they offer.

 “My certified therapy dog, Dasher, is happy to visit the library for special programs and have kids cuddle up and read to him.”

 Badgley also would like to start a monthly book club for adults, and have programs for teens exploring their creativity through things like green screen videos, painting, and henna body art.

 Badgley holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan-Flint, and a Master of Library Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

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