Q & A with Ruth Thoreson, new librarian at high school

A Q&A with the school’s new librarian.


Myles Glandorf

Ruth Thoreson is featured above in the library media center.

Myles Glandorf, Staff Writer

Why did you come to Johnston?

This is my ninth year in Johnston, I have been over at Wallace Elementary for the last eight years. I came up here when I got married.

What policies have you implemented (to the library) if any?

I don’t think I’ve done anything new yet. I’m just getting settled in and getting to know everyone, so there will probably be changes that will come.

How is the high school compared to the previous places you’ve worked?

I’ve been at high schools before this at other districts, and I really like seeing the iPads. The one-on-one that I haven’t seen at other districts, and the longer I (work), the more technology is out there so it’s always fun to see what you guys can do with whats put into your hands.

Have you been a librarian anywhere else?

I was in Nebraska for four years, and Northwest Iowa for four years, and 12 years in Indianola, and eight years at Wallace, and now I’m starting at the high school in Johnston.

What should students know about you?

That I love what I do and I love books and reading and I would really like to help them find something that interests them.

Do you have any accomplishments that you’re proud of?

I foster cats for a shelter and have taken several pets that have been close to dying and helped them survive and find good homes. That’s always is something that I’m very proud of, the work that I do with the shelter.

Do you have any favorite books?

I love all kinds of books, but mysteries are my favorites, and Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors because shes got the mystery and suspense but she also has a lot of humor with it as well.