Klarissa Schoppers has joined the staff at the Spring Valley Public Library. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Klarissa Schoppers has joined the staff at the Spring Valley Public Library. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Spring Valley native Klarissa Schoppers recently joined the staff at Spring Valley Public Library following longtime library assistant Marcia Stephen's retirement.

She is a cataloger and a library assistant, checking things in and out and opening new books and DVDs, putting them into the system and onto the shelves.

The St. Mary's University criminal justice program graduate and mother of one related that she joined the library staff because she enjoys "working with the community getting to know them, and the ladies I work with...we have so much fun."

She received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice and corrections, but after graduating and having her daughter, she put that on the back burner for a while, although she noted that she is still proud of going to school and completing her education. Before this, she was working at Subway, and she currently works at the Wolf's Den in Ostrander, and also at the racetrack during the season.

"I wanted to work in a different environment, and I have experience from working in the library at college in Winona," said Schoppers. "Once I saw that this was open, I thought I could give it a shot. It's a great work environment."

She looks forward to doing more of what she's learned to do - cataloging new items into the library's system and getting them ready for patrons to check out.

"I'm constantly learning. I feel like I've grasped the job's duties quickly...it's not overwhelming, and I enjoy it. I get previews of everything, and that's exciting," she said. "I like to help people, too. I like to help them look up new books or movies they'd like to find, and I can tell them if we have it or not. They're very appreciative of the help, and that makes me feel good. I have some fun times here. I want to keep creating memories like I have already."

Schoppers spends her off-work hours with her daughter, learning all that it takes to move at the speed of a lightning-fast 2-year-old, and plays volleyball one night a week in Rochester. She also enjoys going to NFL games and she plays handbells at church.

Schoppers joins fellow library assistants Jeanette Ramaker and Rita Grabau and Spring Valley Public Library director Dianne Sikkink in keeping books and other media on the shelves. Ramaker, who joined the library staff in 2009, serves as the children's library assistant and particularly likes planning the children's summer reading program. Her employment with the library is somewhat of a family affair - of her three daughters, Talea, Chelsey and Hannah, two have lent a hand to library operations, as Hannah is a high school page and Chelsey paints scenes on the children's section windows - and Jeanette's husband, Gene, is the man who fixes just about anything that's handyman-fixable there.

The Spring Valley Public Library will soon start its adult winter reading program, "Hot Reads for Cold Winter Nights," and patrons are certain to find Grabau at the desk, helping to check out books to pass the winter evenings.

The library is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 346-2100.