Face to Face: Bonner Springs librarian Jane Rink
Name: Jane Rink
Birthplace: Lafayette, Ind.; she moved to Bonner Springs in 1992 with her husband when he became pastor of a local church.
Family: Husband, John; grown daughter
Occupation: Children’s coordinator, Bonner Springs City Library, since November
Dream job as a child: In elementary school, Rink says she would have said she wanted to be a “library lady.”
“But that changed in high school; I thought I wanted to be a French teacher,” she said. “And then when I grew up, I realized I did want to be a library lady.”
Hobbies: Rink enjoys reading, gardening, walking, collecting teapots and anything to do with West Highland Terriers, her favorite kind of dog.
“That’s about all that I have time for these days,” she says. “If I get to do all of the above in the course of a month, I’m quite happy.”
Digging deeper: Rink is no stranger to libraries or young children. She spent the last 15 years as a media center aide at Bonner Springs Elementary School. While she was already familiar with the library programs put in place by the former children’s coordinator, Jeanne Dunbar, she was able to shadow Dunbar for almost a month before her retirement.
“For starters, I’m just trying to channel Jeanne and just provide some continuity to the programs since I’m coming here in the middle of the year,” Rink said. “What I have inherited from Jeanne is a good, solid program, and there’s really not a whole lot I want to change about it.”
She said the only difference children might notice is her “quirky, fun” story selections.
“I like funny, I look for the fun in stuff,” she said. “Because I think reading should be fun.”
And at the moment, Rink has a full load — she has been helping plan the annual Books, Blocks and Bubbles Young Child Fair, which is this weekend, and Lesley Lard, youth and teen librarian, is on maternity leave, so Rink has been helping ensure teen programming continues. Plus she has to prepare for Summer Reading to begin in just a couple of months.
In her position, Rink also oversees scheduling for the library’s art gallery exhibition area.
“So that has been fun, to meet people in the community and just be a little window on Bonner Springs in the library,” Rink said.