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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 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.  Melissa is fun and creative, but she's not afraid to give you the side eye if your idea needs work.  She's a cut throat 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 classes, she likes to hike, practice photography, and plunk out a few notes on the piano.  We like to give Melissa all the organizing chaos jobs at the library. 

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Alyssa Naniewicz, Clerk
Alyssa is a Linguistics major with a Spanish minor at Oakland Univeristy.  One of her favorite books is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  Alyssa truly loves to read, sometimes we have to physically remove books from her hands.  If you need a recommendation from our YA section, ask her, she's probably read it!  Alyssa also does a really good job keeping stats.  She is an amazing musician and she plays the violin for OU's Chamber Orchestra.  In her limited free time she also likes to run and take photos.  We make Alyssa draw on the chalkboard because she always makes it pretty and she always has fun ideas to contribute.

Sarah Bart, Clerk
Sarah is also a student at Oakland University.  Christy sure does love OU students!  Sarah studies elementary education which is clearly a perfect fit for both the library and her other job at Croswell Elementary.  Sarah is an organized person who likes the library because it is a peaceful place.  But if you put her in too much direct sunlight, she sneezes, so best to keep her inside ;)  Recently she read, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and she really loved it.  Maybe you will too!

Nicole Gordon, Clerk
Nicole and her husband Justin moved to Ray just a few years ago to create space for her business offering outside occupational therapy programs for kids.  She has her Masters from Wayne State in OT and she is not afraid to get outside and get dirty.  She thinks we all learn best when our whole body and mind are engaged with nature.  If she's not swinging from the trees, she might be hiking with her 2 Australian Shepherds, Gus and Finn at Camp Rotary.  She brings to our team a vast knowledge of child development and a new bundle of ideas!  Her favorite book is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.