Library Director Denise

Denise Ard

Library Director

Denise obtained her Masters of Library Science from Dominican University in 1992. Before moving to Montana she worked in  Illinois libraries including, Head of Adult Services at Grayslake Area Public Library District, Branch Manager at Chicago Public Library and Director of Lyons Public Library. Denise loves hiking, the mountains, and cats. 

Library Manager Melanie

Melanie Carroll

Library Manager

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Melanie left the east coast in 2011 when she joined the United States Navy. Since then she has never stopped travelling. She graduated with her Master's in Library Science from Wayne State University in 2019. Melanie loves running, spending time with her family, and the outdoors.  

Jason Blodgett

Network System Administrator

Jason grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and attended the University of Montana College of Technology where he received his Associates Degree in Business Administration. After graduation he moved to Washington to work for his father in the mortgage industry. There he worked on and developed his interest in IT System Administration. In 2019, Jason was called back to Montana. In his spare time, he loves working on computers, gaming, playing guitar, and serving at his church.

Barbara Hayford

Events & Programming Specialist

Barbara has lived through the West and Midwest and recently moved to Montana from Nebraska. She has degrees in Biology, English, and Entomology but her true love is art and poetry. Barbara creates events and programs for adults and children ages 0 to 11. She spends her free time gardening and landscaping and reading science fiction.

Emily Sandersfeld

Teen & Youth Services

Emily grew up in Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Before moving to Montana she spent time working in Oregon running after-school programming at a high school. When she is not traveling, Emily spends her time gardening with her pets, reading, baking bread, and charming snakes! Soon you will find Emily hosting teen programs on Tuesdays after-school and a teen hangout on Fridays.

Library Assistant Sheryl

Sheryl B

Assistant

Sheryl is married with two boys, a daughter-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter. She loves to read, go to the movies, and hang out with family.

Library Assistant Caryn

Caryn C

Assistant

For the last two decades, Caryn has worked as a copy editor and high school teacher. She fell in love with the valley in her youth when she fought fires with the Bitterroot Hotshots down in Darby, and she’s glad to be back in Montana. She loves Ponderosa trees, coffee, and, of course, libraries and books.

Karen G

Assistant

Karen is a recent transplant to Montana after retiring from 28 years of middle school teaching in Indiana. She was the school librarian for 17 of those years, and taught biology as well. Besides being an avid reader, Karen loves to hike, camp and garden in the summer, and weave and knit in the winter. She is looking forward to connecting with more people in Stevensville area.  

Nancy M

Assistant

Nancy is in charge of interlibrary loan at the library. Nancy Studied Illustration at Moore College of Art and Design.

Library assistant Sue

Susan P

Assistant

Sue has made her way across this vast state -- beginning her life in Sidney, growing up in Billings, graduating from the U in Missoula, and spending the past several years in Helena prior to her current move to Stevensville. She and her husband live and work on a small farm outside of Stevi and are anxiously awaiting their son to join them. Sue loves to spend time outdoors with her dog and family and she loves books: the feel, the words, the covers and colors, and the adventures books bring to the reader.

Library Assistant Scharyn

Scharyn W

Assistant

Scharyn moved to the Valley in 2014.  Her home here is her favorite place on Earth. She has had a very diverse career spanning several different industries. She has studied programming, and many other subjects, as she loves to learn, and to pass along knowledge. Scharyn has been lucky enough to travel quite a bit, and thinks that the Bitterroot is wonderful. She loves libraries, reading, movies, travel, animals and spending time with her family, friends and her husband.

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