Linda hails from the Midwest, but has lived all over the country. Additionally, she graduated from Hood College in Frederick (when it was still a women’s college!) and received her Masters from Case Western Reserve University.
Linda has two adult children and three grandchildren, as well as two English Bulldogs.
After running marketing departments for publishing companies for 35 years, she finally has a chance to use her Masters in Library Science and work in a job she loves. It has always been her dream to work in a small public library in a great town like Waynesboro – she’s thoroughly enjoying meeting the people here and working with many of them to bring new resources to our town.
Deb was born and raised in the Ringgold, MD area until Graduation from Smithsburg High School in 1968. At that time, she moved to Waynesboro, PA and worked for the Federal government until 2000, when she officially retired.
But after several months of boredom, ventured in the Alexander Hamilton Library looking for books for a children's program at church, she filled out an application for part-time employment and was hired in June 2004. Ever since, she has worked here as library assistant, Circulation Desk Manager and Assistant Director.
Deb is actively involved in her church, loves to read, do crossword puzzles, cryptograms, and jigsaw puzzles. She has been married to John (who works for Franklin County Library system as a courier and in processing) for 22-1/2 years, and between them they have five adult children and 13 grandchildren!
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Teen AND Adult Services
Gina Vitale is the Teen & Adult Services Librarian, with a background in art and education. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, with a BA in Studio Art and an MS in Elementary Education K-6. After working as a preschool and kindergarten teacher for about five years, she earned an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) at the University of Pittsburgh. She likes to read history, historical fiction, and dystopian novels, and also loves gardening, decorating, baking, walking, bird watching, family history, fashion, and working on art projects.
Director of childrens’ services
Aftan grew up in Waynesboro and graduated from Messiah College with a BS in Art Education. Upon graduating, she taught primary art in Greencastle, PA and worked in the old Alexander Hamilton Library as a circulation assistant and ILL librarian. In 2012, Aftan decided to try something new and began work as a TEFL instructor in Akita, Japan and Ulsan, South Korea. After briefly living in Canada as well, she came back to library to spend more time with her family before joining the Peace Corps in 2016. As a literacy volunteer in Western Sāmoa, she worked with her village to develop and run a school library—now an internationally-funded study center, taught literacy courses, and started numerous community-enrichment programs. Aftan is extremely happy to be working at the library AGAIN, and, in her spare time, she also enjoys reading fantasy novels, rock-climbing, making pottery, hanging out with her nieces and dogs, and doing creative projects.
Ann started working at the Blue Ridge Summit Library over 13 years ago before coming to work Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library. She graduated from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla., with a BS in Journalism. Ann was married to two Vietnam Vets and moved every few years around the country and Germany. She retired from Fort Detrick, Md., prior to coming to work at the Libraries part time. She lives on the mountain in Cascade, Md., with three dogs (one Junie the Library dog) and one cat—all very spoiled. Ann likes to knit, crochet, quilt and belongs to a couple of blanket making groups. In warm weather, she spends a good bit of time in her large yard raking, mowing and some gardening, or reading on the porch with the dogs nearby. In the fall, she is parked in front of the TV watching college and professional football. Her teams are the Washington Redskins, the Oklahoma Sooners, and because she has grandchildren at Penn State, that too. A longtime advocate of nature and the outdoors, she abhors litter and is often seen picking up beer cans and other tossed trash along the beautiful mountain roads. Ann has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Peggy was born and raised in Waynesboro and graduated from Waynesboro Senior High. Peggy likes to read and is relearning to crochet. She belongs to a knitting and crochet group that meets at a local church once a week. Peggy has worked at the Library for the past eight years on the Circulation Desk. Peggy and Bobby have five children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She enjoys getting together with her family every fall to make applesauce, family holidays, and vacations to visit far-flung family on the West Coast.
Junie B. Jones
Library dog Junie lives with Library Assistant Ann Duble. Ann adopted her from the Antietam Humane Shelter about three years ago. Former Library Director Lori Milach saw Junie at an event at the Y and wanted to adopt her, but was not able to. Ann visited Junie at the Shelter and adopted her. Not much is known about Junie’s history, but she does have a chip in her, so the staff knew she was 12 when adopted. She came to the Waynesboro Shelter from another shelter to give her a chance to find a forever home. Junie comes to the Library when Ann is working and lies under her desk. She has quite a following of children and adults who ask “where’s Junie?” if she isn’t “at work.” She hangs out with Pickles, Reese and Jojo at home.
Heidi has worked at the library since October 2016. She has her B.A in history, with a minor in political science from Mount St. Mary’s University. She is originally from upstate NY. When not working at the library, she enjoys eating bacon cheeseburgers, traveling, hiking, spending time with her numerous nieces, nephews and family, Irish music, and of course reading a good book! Heidi lives with her husband Dominic and cat Ella.
Lauren has recently joined the library as an assistant/intern. She has a B.A in Library and Information Science and Human Services from Clarion University. Growing up in an Air Force family offered her the opportunity to travel and live in different places. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting, playing video games and board games, going to concerts/comedy shows and spending time with her husband, Kyler. The two take care of their amazing rescue cat, Watts. Kyler named him after Wade Owen Watts from Ready Player One. Although, spare moments are almost nonexistent as she continues her education through Clarion’s online graduate program. Currently she is working on her masters in Library and Information Science degree. Lauren picks her books by the covers, and listens to podcasts.