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By Max Erikson

Goldendale Library's new manager


September 20, 2017

Max Erikson

NEW FACE AT LIBRARY: Erin Krake is the new branch manager for the Goldendale Library.

Erin Krake started Sept. 1 as the new branch manager for the Goldendale Library, bringing years of experience to the job after relocating from Roslyn, Washington, where she was the library manager for the past 20 years.

Krake is familiar with the area and has been visiting Goldendale off-and-on since 2003 when she bought property in Klickitat County and already knows the library well.

"When I first bought land out here, one of the first things I did was come to the library to get a history of the area," Krake says. "When I walked in the doors I fell in love with the place, and thought, 'Maybe someday I will work here.' "

When the position did become available, Krake says she decided to go for it.

Growing up in a small town in Wisconsin-very similar to Goldendale-Krake received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and later received her Master's in Library Science while managing the library in Roslyn in 2006.

Krake says what she loves most about the job is the interaction with so many different community members.

"I have a deep interest in community engagement and helping people," Krake says. "You get to help all types of people from the community."

From kids to seniors, to helping people find a job, or as a community events center, Krake says the library serves every single person of the community.

"It is a super cool job being a librarian," Krake states. "You can have a big impact on peoples' lives."

Krake says she is still getting used to the job but has a great staff and good system already in place to help with her the transition.

"It is a lot to learn, but it is nice to have so many resources and knowledgeable staff to help out."

Krake adds the history of the Goldendale library is very fascinating and has a long record of support from the community and that is one of the neatest things about the library.

"From the librarians, to the board members, to the community, the library has a long history of being well loved and appreciated," she states.

The library is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is closed on Sunday.


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