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/MarketingKatie

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 two wild girls.

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


Elisa Rideout, Library Assistant1-Elisa

Elisa has been with Odell since 2000. She holds Associates Degrees in Horticulture and Art and also earned a certificate in Greenhouse Management. A few of Elisa’s favorite authors include Sherman Alexie, Alexandre Dumas, Wendell Berry, Bill Nye, Barbara Kingsolver, and David Suzuki. At Odell, Elisa helps plan and implement children’s programs and also maintains our indoor greenery! Outside the library, she enjoys spending time relaxing in nature in the company of friends.

Fun Fact: Elisa and her mother Sandy designed and painted the mural in Odell’s children’s area!


Krysta Mapes, Library Assistant7-Krysta

Krysta began at Odell in 2013 as a high school sophomore and we have been lucky to have her here ever since! Krysta earned her Associate’s Degree from Clinton Community College in 2018 and is currently studying through the University of Southern Mississippi to earn a Bachelors of Library and Information Science degree. Krysta will attend the University of Illinois beginning Fall 2020 to earn a Masters of Library Science. Krysta handles book processing and mending at Odell as well as many other projects. Her favorite authors include John Green, Cassandra Claire, and Kelley Armstrong. Outside of work and school, Krysta enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cat.

Fun Fact: Krysta’s cat’s name Moriarty (Mo-Mo for short) is based off a villain in the Sherlock Holme’s series.



Gillian Larson, Library Assistant2-Gillian

Gillian Larson began work at Odell in 2016 is currently studying theater education at Sauk Valley Community College. Gillian is the President of the Future Educators Association at Sauk. Her favorite authors include Amy Ewing, A.G. Howard, and Gaston Leroux. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her many pets.

Fun Fact: Gillian has lived in four states already: Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, & Colorado!



Robyn Lachman, Library Assistant