KHCPL South Staff

Ashley M.

Hello! My name is Ashley and I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. I moved to Kokomo in 2013 to start a new adventure in life, and I am excited to see what this chapter will bring. My dream has always been to work at a library because I believe that everyone’s story matters. When I am not at the library, you can find me running at a local park, spending time with my family, or in the kitchen trying new recipes. I love young adult literature, cooking shows, and learning how to sew.




Connie T.

I am originally from Logansport and now live in Kokomo with my husband. We have two adult children, a son and a daughter who both live nearby. I am also the proud grandmother of a grandson and I look forward to spending a lot of time with him. When I am not with my beautiful grandson, I enjoy reading and taking walks in the warm weather. I mostly read fiction and mysteries, but you can often find me with my nose stuck in a cookbook. I love checking out the new cookbooks and trying different recipes. I will try anything, but really like making a variety of soups. I enjoy taking weekend trips with my husband to Michigan with Frankenmuth and Mackinaw being my favorite stops. Sometime in the future I plan on taking a trip to Hawaii with my family. 



Courtney K.

I was born in Kokomo, Indiana. I’ve also lived in Muncie, Ind., Texas and Germany. My favorite food is pasta, favorite color is green and my favorite stories are fairy tales. When I’m not reading, I am blogging, planning homeschool lessons, swimming and playing video games. Being a children’s librarian is the best job because you get to sing, dance, play, and make a mess almost every day!




Lauren D.

My name is Lauren. I’m currently working part time at the Library while I attend Nursing School at Indiana University Kokomo. Besides working at the library, I am a server at Outback Steakhouse. I love being outdoors and hanging out with my friends. In my spare time I enjoy listening to country music and riding on the back of a motorcycle!





Lori Hugley

I grew up in Tipton Co. and have lived in Indiana most of my life (a short stay in Bowling Green, Virginia and Norwalk, California). I received my BS in Criminal Justice from Ball State and my Masters in Library Science from IUPUI. I am married with two children and one wonderful Vizsla named Gypsy. I love to travel and have a great group of friends that share my passion. I am also a huge Colts fan and have had season tickets since 2001. 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! 




Lori W.

Hi, I’m Lori, the South Branch Circulation Manager. I was born in Germany and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Besides spending time with my family, my favorite activities are reading, card making and visiting the state parks. I graduated from Ohio State, so I’m always on the lookout for Buckeye fans. Stop by the South Branch and ask me for the German Word for the Day.






Mattie A.

I am a shopaholic! I love to shop for bargains.  This is a big help since my other favorite hobby is planning parties! I love to decide on a theme, pick out fun items to go with it and then put it all together for one awesome party! I have 3 children so I especially love planning children’s parties! If I didn’t work at the library, I would love to help Fancy Nancy plan some fabulous tea parties!




Melissa W.

Melissa W.I loved to read as a kid, but it was in middle school when I finally found something that really interested me. I read the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce and was hooked. I read the book so many times, my middle school librarian had to tape it back together for me. Perhaps that was a sign of things to come. After receiving my Bachelors in English my mother saw an article about librarians in the newspaper. Soon I was off to Indianapolis to get my Masters in Library Science. It might have been that memory of the middle school librarian, but during my classes I discovered I wanted to work in Teen Services. I have worked at KHCPL since I graduated in 2003. I love reading teen books and helping teen patrons find books to suit their individual tastes. I have served on the Young Hoosier Book Award Committee, and continue to serve on Indiana’s Eliot Rosewater Committee. In my spare time I read, blog about books, and experiment in the kitchen.



Mikayla, Kylie and Lauren S.

We are the pages at the South Branch.  We work hard to get all returned items back on the shelves.  Feel free to stop and ask for help when you see one of us in the stacks.  If we can’t help, we know who can.




Nichole G.

I started out as a volunteer at the South Branch before getting hired on part time. I also work as a clerk in Collection Management (the backbone of the library; those colorful little stickers in the books are my handiwork). I am a single mother of three and enjoy watching the Western Marching Band as my hobby. I also enjoy reading trashy romance novels and have an obsession with Navy S.E.A.L. biographies. If you ever need help deciding on a good romance, don’t hesitate to ask. I know the collection like the back of my hand! 




Norma V.

I grew up as one of eight children on a farm in historical Vincennes, Indiana, where we raised watermelons and cantaloupes among other things.  Nothing keeps you in shape better than working a full day in the hot sun pitching melons.  One of my chores was to milk the cow before school and again in the evening.  We always had lots of fresh milk and homemade butter.   We also canned all the vegetables from the garden and raised chickens for eggs and to eat.  Needless to say, I would much rather be outside gardening than inside cleaning.  I love to crochet and craft and read historical novels, true crime and biographies.