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Christy DeMeulenaere, Director
Christy has been the director at Ray Library since 2014.  She has a gift, she remembers every person who walks through our doors, what they like to read, and how she can help.  She lives in Ray with her husband and her beautiful daughter, Erin. They have a miniature dachshund, Spencer, and sometimes Spencer wears sweaters. One of her favorite book series is the Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts.  Christy does all the hard things at the library like budgets and numbers and meetings.  Bring her coffee and you have a loyal friend forever.

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Mary Barnes, Assistant
Mary is a homeschooling mother of 4 who loves walking to work at the library.  If the library is open but there are no cars outside, it's her!  Mary really likes to read non-fiction, but one of her favorite books of all time is Nine Stories by JD Salinger.  Mary is enthusiastic about kids and helping them find new ways to learn and grow.  She is a hobby homesteader and she loves to write, whether that means books, staff bios, or grants.  Mary does all the less serious things at the library like popsicle stick crafts and graphics and websites.

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Melissa Gaffke, Clerk
Melissa is a student at Oakland University majoring in Biology.  Her favorite book is The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune.  Melissa is fun and creative, but she's not afraid to give you the side eye if your idea needs work.  She's a cutthroat collection weeder with an eye for details and a can do attitude.  She will do literally anything asked of her and do it well.  When Melissa isn't busy in the library or with classes, she likes to hike and practice photography. We like to give Melissa all the organizing chaos jobs at the library. 

Stephanie "Cricut" Marberg, Clerk
Stephanie, AKA CRICUT, is our resident crafty lady.  Some of us like to craft...Stephanie lives to craft.  Her mind is always whirling and she's an entire library (see what we did there) of ideas.  She has a regular day job, but we think she likes us more.  She is a Ray Township resident and her husband, Justin, is a Ray Firefighter also.  Her daughter Mya loves the library and she likes to do crafts too.  It must be in their genes.  One of her favorite books is The High Five Habit, by Mel Robbins.  High Five Stephanie, thanks for helping keep us crafty chic.

Marena Peraino, Clerk
Marena goes to Oakland University where she is majoring in Biomedical Science.  She also loves to dance her heart out.  When she's not saving the world or creating her own version of footloose, she enjoys baking and hanging out with her Maltese Yorkie Bella-Mia.  We are excited to have Marena on our team!  Marena also enjoys torturing herself with one of her favorite books, A Child Called "It", by Dave Pelzer.  

Alisa Mazur, Clerk
Alisa is a fireball of energy.  She loves to try new things and dive into tasks with her whole self.  Keep a rope on her or you'll lose track of her down the rabbit hole.  She lives in Ray with Tim and their daughter Marley, who when people say "who is that?" we reply "The Super Blonde one".  We love them dearly and we're so excited to have Alisa on our team.  She thinks you should stop in our library catalogue and check out a Mitch Albom book to inspire you to live more fully, like her!

David, Clerk
David is a Senior graduating as a homeschooler who is dual enrolled at Macomb Community College.  He is the oldest of 6 and an avid proponent of 4H.  He shows chickens, lambs, and many many art projects at the Armada Fair.  When David isn't immersed in books, attending Civil Air Patrol and 4H, or feeding farm animals, he likes to hunt and spend time outdoors.  One of his favorite books that he would recommend is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.

Paige Jones, Clerk
Paige is our summer and school break helper who treks all the way down from the UP to help us out.  She's a "sure", "can do', kind of clerk.  She has a smile for everyone and guess what?  She's actually studying to pursue a career in Library Sciences!