Library Staff

Meet the Library Staff of the Garden City Public Library.  We’re here to serve you!

Our Director

James B Lenze, Library Director

James Lenze joined the Garden City Public Library staff as a part-time adult services librarian from 1998 to 2007.  He returned to Garden City to serve as the Library Director from March 2008 to July 2011.  Since April 2013, James has been serving as our Director again.  He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Garden City, a member of the Garden City Rotary Club, and enjoys jogging, home-brew, and reading.  He lives in Belleville with his wife.

Our Librarians

Kim Poma, Youth Librarian

Kim Poma joined the Garden City Public Library staff in 2015 as a Library Aide.  In 2018, she was promoted to Youth Services Librarian. She coordinates the children and teen programming, including storytimes, for the library. She also selects the children and teen books, movies, and music.  As a resident of Garden City most of her life, Kim brings enthusiasm and love of community to her new role.

Emily Schwartz,  Adult Librarian

Emily is our newest staff member, joining the library in 2023. Emily brings years of event planning experience to her new adult librarian position. Emily plans events/clubs, coordinates the adult programming, and selects the adult books, movies and DVDs. We welcome Emily to the Garden City community.

Rebekah Norgren, Library Aide

Rebekah joined the library in 2018 as a library aide. Rebekah is the creative juice behind our adult crafts and is our MEL inter-loan coordinator. Rebekah works with Emily in the adult department.

Claudine Wooley, Library Aide

Claudine joined the library in 2013 as a page and was promoted to a clerk, then to a library aide. Claudine is the creative juice for the kid’s crafts and creates the graphics for the website/social media sites. Claudine works with Kim in the children’s and teen department.

Our Clerks

Barbara Custard, Circulation Clerk

Alison Flathers, Circulation Clerk

Sarah Flathers, Circulation Clerk

Gayle Howie, Circulation Clerk