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Main & South
9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m
2:00p.m.-5:30 p.m
9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
2:00p.m.-5:30 p.m

*Russiaville is closed Wednesdays

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Meet The Staff

Director and Assistant Director

Faith Brautigam: Director

I consider public libraries to be an amazing resource and a great return on investment. I am a strong believer in community collaboration and works to develop library partnerships. I have been KHCPL’s director since late 2012 and have been privileged to work in libraries in New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Illinois before coming to Indiana.

Doug Workinger: Assistant Director

I began my career at KHCPL as a Para-Professional in Adult Services. I have worked in Tech Services, Circulation, and Outreach before becoming your Assistant Director in 2015. I see the library as a great equalizer, giving the same opportunities and resources to everyone in the community. I also geek out over the Graphic Novel collections in the library, something I am very proud of developing over the years.

Department Heads

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Trina Evans: Head of Childrens

I am an award winning persistent librarian that enjoys reading romance novels and wishing on dandelion fluff to become the next Survivor contestant. I love hiking and adore temporary tattoos. I was once disqualified from a triathlon for riding a cruiser with a basket filled with gummy bear snacks, little did it matter that I didn’t get points from the race as I came in dead last. I always say my life is an inspirational true story in the making…

Rita Bates

Rita Bates: Head of Finance

I have worked in finance for over 44 years, starting my career with the library in 2011 as the Business Assistant. When my children were growing up, we participated in the Summer Reading Program every year. And though I’m not a reader myself, I’m a big proponent of all the other services we provide. I love that the library offers so many other things to bring value to people in the community, and I love that I have had the opportunity to be involved in projects outside of my department.

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Christie Tate: Head of Human Resources

As a lifelong patron of the Kokomo-Howard County Library and an avid reader, I have always considered the library to be one of my “happy places”. I am so happy that I am now able to help further the mission as the library as the Head of Human Resources. I am a 2004 graduate of IUK with a degree in Criminal Justice, and a May 2022 graduate of the IU O’Neill School with a Master’s of Public Administration. I also obtained a Certified Professional Credential in HR from the Society of Human Resource Management in December of 2021. I am a huge geek, and have an odd knack for useless knowledge.

Caele Pemberton

Caele Pemberton: Head of Marketing and Community Engagement

Since moving to Kokomo, I have considered myself the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library's biggest fan - I even got married here, well before I came to work for the library. I think the library is an invaluable asset to Howard County, and I love that I get to promote everything we offer to our community.

Lori Hugley

Lori Hugley: Head of KHCPL Branches

I received my BS in Criminal Justice from Ball State and my Masters in Library Science from IUPUI. I never imagined working at the library, but once I started I just couldn’t leave! I have been with the library for 20+ years!

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Tammy Keith: Head of Outreach and Collection Services

I started working part-time at the library over 30 years ago. It is a great place to be! I have a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Library Science, so helping people find books, movies, information, and fun things to do is right up my alley. My husband and I have 3 grown children and 2 grandsons. Our passions are “faith, family, and football”.

Joy Rogers

Joy Record: Outreach Manager

I was born and raised in Tipton County and had never seen a bookmobile until I had my job interview in 2001 and I immediately loved it and the services it provided. I became a bookmobile supervisor in 2001 and since then have become the Outreach Manager. I really enjoy working with the jail program, bookmobiles, homebound, and the senior citizen services. I now live in Kokomo, have 3 grown children, and a Schnauzer.

Amy Russell

Amy Russell: Head of Genealogy and Local History

I have been with the Genealogy & Local History Dept. since I began as a volunteer in 2010 and I am currently the head of the department My first library position was as the county bookmobile librarian for the Kokomo Public Library, followed by several years as a metallurgical librarian for Haynes International. My husband and I, Jon, are active in several local history and genealogy projects.

Trisha Shively

Trisha Shively: Head of Adult and Teen

I grew up in Oldenburg, a small town in Southern Indiana that did not have a public library. I got my first public library card when I started working for a public library while attending college. Since then, I have truly learned to appreciate the value that public libraries have in their communities. One of my favorite parts of my job is planning programs such as Howard County Reads and Summer Reading Club.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith: Head of Technology and Facilities

My name is Aaron Smith and I am the Head of Information Technology and Facilities at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. I enjoy helping patrons get the most out of their library. I am an alumnus of IU-Bloomington and IU-Kokomo. I enjoy visiting the many eclectic restaurants and Cafés in Kokomo. In my spare time I enjoy economics, current events, studying history, and reading science fiction and fantasy novels. I live in a modest home with my family and an emotionally-needy Maltese dog named Anton.