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Meet the Library Staff

and Board!

A Message from the Director

I am so honored to be back in my hometown to give back to the community that gave so much to me. In fact, I even grew up going to this very same library when I was little!  I grew up in Irving, IL and graduated from Hillsboro High School. Since then I went on to receive a Bachelor's in English-publishing in 2012 and a Masters in Library Science with a K-12 library and information specialist teaching licensure in 2014. I have prior experience as a school librarian and district librarian in Illinois Schools. I also have experience working with special needs children, toddlers and pre-schoolers. I have been with the Hillsboro Library since August 2017.

As the roles of librarians change from finding information to demonstrating how to use technology, providing assistance with genealogy research and even providing more cultural experiences (programs for familes and adults), my vision of the library includes increasing and developing programs for all ages from birth through adulthood, offering one-on-one technology assistance, expanding graphic novel collections, revamping the nonfiction sections and adding to our digital archives via podcasts ("The Voices of Hillsboro" project) for digital and historical preservation.


Shelley Kolb (Singler)

Library Clerks

Sharon Martincic

Sharon is a long time employee of over 10 years of service. She is a wonderful resource for helping with genealogy research or providing readers advisory (book recommendations) service. She is well versed with knowledge of popular adult authors and titles. Everyone is always wondering what Sharon is reading! Sharon also provides circulation services, inter library loan services, book keeping and shelving.

Jenny Murphy

Jenny has worked at the library for over 6 years. Jenny provides circulation services, quick reference, answers the phone, shelves the children's books and is great with little ones. Jenny is our acquisitions clerk (she catalogs the books for us). 

Sue VanOstran 

Sue previously was our substitute librarian since 2016, but now has recently joined our staff permanently as of September, 2018. She is going to continue to be the Witt librarian, which she manages on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to being part of our staff. Sue is skilled in interlibrary loan, library best practices, and knowledge of library law from her experience at Witt. 

Nancy Merriman

Nancy started with us in September 2018. Nancy is currently trained on circulation, interlibrary loan and she is in charge of tracking memorials and sending sympathy acknowledgements to the grieving families. She also handles deposits at the bank for the library.

Michelle Balla

Michelle is our new evening and weekend clerk. Hired October 2022. Michelle is an avid reader and has a been a library member for a long time. She has prior experience as a Hillsboro Library board trustee, experience in our local school library, and experience working with children K-5.

Carla Bolton

Carla is our substitute clerk. She formerly was our evening and weekend clerk. Hired in June 2022. She has experience working with children, and especially with preschool and special needs students. 

The Hillsboro Library Board of Trustees
(Updated as of March 2022)

President - Judy Albracht                Contact:

Vice President - Tommy Justison     Contact:

Secretary - Carolyn Meier                Contact:

Treasurer - Carol Naylor                  Contact:

Nancy Slepicka                               Contact:

Christine Carver-Garner                   Contact:

Terry Trader


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