Odell Public Library Staff

Meridith Layne 2019squareMeridith Layne, Odell Public Library Director

Odell welcomed Meridith Layne as Director in September 2019. Meridith grew up in Decatur, IL and  holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Illinois, Springfield. Most recently, she was the Coordinator of the Morrison Chamber of Commerce, collaborating with business leaders, nonprofits, and volunteers to strengthen the community. In her free time, Meridith enjoys traveling and reading, especially works by Neil Gaiman.

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Lisa Boles, Library Assistant/Cataloger6-Lisa

Lisa is Odell’s longest-serving staff member, beginning her library career back in 1997. There are few questions Lisa cannot answer and she is our go-to person for queries, especially with Sierra and genealogy! She enjoys reading or listening to books by Johanna Lindsay, Janet Evanovich, Lilian Jackson Braun, and Lee Child. In her spare time, Lisa love to crochet and ride motorcycles, but her absolute favorite activity is spending time with her beautiful grandchildren and extended family.

Fun Fact: Lisa is a licensed ham radio operator and a registered dental assistant!


Katie Rider, Library Assistant/Marketing/ProgrammingKatie

Katie came to Odell in 2013 after moving back to the area to be closer to family. She holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Sociology from Bradley University and a Masters of Liberal Studies from Indiana University. Katie enjoys reading children’s literature and favorite authors include Mo Willems, Jan Thomas, Julia Donaldson, Anna Dewdney, and Jon Klassen. She loves facilitating the children’s programming at Odell, including Storytime, LEGO Club, and the Summer Reading Program. In her off time, Katie enjoys gardening, cooking, taking pictures, and spending time with her husband and three small people.

Fun Fact: Katie didn’t visit the library very often as a child because she was scared of the librarians and overdue fines!