A native Alabaman, Max has been working in libraries for most of his life. As a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he cut his teeth as an assistant at the school’s music library, and from there has worn a lot of different hats in a lot of different libraries, from directing work-study students at KU’s Watson to being the director of quaint little library in New Hampshire. Currently, he divides his time between working with patrons here at Tonganoxie, doing freelance reporting for the Topeka Capitol-Journal, and playing super-dad for his ten-year-old son. And when he's not doing that, he's plotting crimes as a Shamus award-winning mystery writer.
Susan joined the staff at Tonganoxie Public Library as Adult and Children's Programmer in May of 2019. Most importantly she is a mother of seven and grandma to three. Her favorite activity is when the family gets together at her house for lots of food, laughter and family games. With her degree in Education from the University of Houston, Susan has spent thirty years in various educational roles, including middle school teacher, reading specialist, curriculum developer, and director of a national tutoring franchise. Susan loves children's literature, theater and music so leading Toddler Time and Storytime are a real treat, and not just for the kiddos! Anytime you'd like to bounce around ideas for new programming, or just to say hi, drop by her office as long as she's not off calling BINGO or blowing bubbles!
Joshua Hartley is the IT Administrator for the Library, he is a technologist without a specialty, he has 14 years of experience in IT working with Cell Phones, Radios, Satellites, Computers, and Networks as a Technician, Systems Administrator, and Web Designer. He grew up in Eudora, Kansas, achieved the Eagle Scout Award and joined the United States Army as a Communications Specialist in January 2007. He began working for the Library in March of 2018.
Lani has lived in Tonganoxie, KS her whole life. She graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 2018 and started working at the library in January of 2019. Lani loves reading, listening to music, and meeting new people. Her dreams are to become a teacher as well as to travel to Ireland and Scotland. Lani also volunteers during Story Time, Toddler Time, and at the Chieftain Cafe.