Library Staff

Meg Lojek – Library Director

Meg has been a teacher and librarian for 16 years and is passionate about the big potential of little McCall Public Library. She earned her MA in Literature at University of Montana and her library degree at University of Idaho, but she has lived and worked in 5 different countries around the world. Se habla español : as a fluent Spanish speaker, Meg is happy to help our community’s Spanish-speaking population. She welcomes anyone to come in, say hello, and talk about how our library can make McCall a better place to live.

Favorite books/authors: literary fiction, American classics, Shakespeare and Calvin & Hobbes.

When she’s not in the library: You’ll find her—in any season—with her family, outdoors, on a remote mountain trail.

Casey Bruck – Programming Librarian

Casey calmly navigates all kinds of library programs—from kids’ maker-space robotics to adult travelogues.  Ask him about any ideas you might have to keep our library a dynamic place of learning in our community. He is also leading the way in our Idaho Room’s digital history project, to make all our local history records available online. Wow!

Favorite books/authors: YA series, Graphic Novels, Fantasy Fiction, Cormac McCarthy, Brandon Sanderson, Jeff Noon, William Gibson.

When he’s not in the library: He loves to mountain bike, snowboard, gaming, and spending time with his three daughters.

Diane Penny – Library Specialist

Diane is one of the smiling faces you’ll be happy to see as you enter our library. She catalogs all our new books, and she will help you navigate all of our services, including Kindle e-books, computers here in the library, and great reads to take home. Ask her opinion about your favorite author’s read-a-likes. Secret weapon: she’s also a botanist!

Favorite books/authors: The Maytrees by Annie Dillard; David McCullough
When she’s not in the library: Diane loves to run, hike, Nordic ski and spend time with her family.

Melody Dodge – Children’s Librarian

We estimate that “Miss Melody” has indulged in over 6500 story times in her life as a teacher and librarian: what a fun job!  Ask her about any level of children’s books: she’ll be happy to recommend classics and new authors to avid readers.  Melody packs a lot in to her part-time work at the library, including visits to local daycares to share her love of reading and the library. Children’s book suggestions?  Let Miss Mel know your ideas!

Favorite books/authors: JoJo Moyes, Robert Parker, Liane Moriarty, Janet  Evanovich, Dean Koontz, and many many more.

When she’s not in the library: She is napping, playing Scrabble, or chatting with friends.

Heidi Strohmeyer-  Library Specialist

Heidi works part-time to maintain our special collections like the 45 magazine subscriptions, the lending seed library, the “beyond the book” library items, and the rotating audio books and DVD’s.  Her smile is contagious as she cares for our library and patrons.

Favorite books/authors: High Wind in Jamaica, Like Water for Chocolate, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Gap Creek, Elephant Company, Never Cry Wolf, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Geek Love, and Edward Abbey and Rick Bass.

When she’s not in the library: Heidi loves to snowshoe, backpack, nordic ski, fish, raft, paddle board and see live music.

Katrina Luiz, Library Associate

Katrina brings that unique combination of an extremely organized librarian AND an extremely friendly librarian. She is a great person to ask about OverDrive e-books and e-audio books and will happily help you get started on your Kindle or other e-reading device.

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When she’s not in the library: Comic-con, listening to audio books, watching movies and spending time with her husband.

Karla Miller, Library Associate

Karla joins our library as an experienced teacher and from a family of Idaho writers (ask her about Helen Markley Miller!)  She is happy to order and process Inter-Library Loans if we don’t have the title you are looking for, because she knows Ranganathan’s law that every book has its reader and every reader should have his/her book!

Favorite books/authors: People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks, The Tortilla Curtain – T.C. Boyle, Love in the Time of Cholera – G.G. Marquez, Green Mansions – William Henry Hudson, A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving, Kirsti – Helen Markley Miller

When she’s not in the library: You might see Karla on ski patrol at Brundage, playing music at Broken Horn, or starring on stage at the latest Alpine Playhouse production!

Lida Clouser, Library Substitute

Lida is our “Jack of all trades” and has worked at the library part time for a long time and we love it when she’s around!  Lida speaks more languages than we can count. Se habla español . You might see her teaching our ESL classes.

When she’s not in the library: she’ll be teaching Spanish in the local elementary schools, charging uphill on her mountain bike, whooshing downhill on a back-country ski adventure with her family, or on a jetliner travelling back to her native Czech Republic.

Sarah Wright, Library Page (Seasonal)

Meet the girl behind the scenes: Sarah swiftly and confidently puts all our books, DVDs, magazines and other materials back in the right place in our library. Without her, we wouldn’t be able to locate our wonderful resources for you! Feel free to thank her for a job well-done.

When she’s not in the library: Sarah is a top-notch high school student who also plays in the pep-band and enjoys hanging out with her group of creative, intelligent teen friends.