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Cultural events, extra programs on agenda for new Prescott Valley librarian

Adult Services Librarian Michele Hjorting has big plans for the library – beginning in September, the library will feature an exciting cultural series. (Trib Photo/Briana Lonas)

Adult Services Librarian Michele Hjorting has big plans for the library – beginning in September, the library will feature an exciting cultural series. (Trib Photo/Briana Lonas)

Better program attendance and a new, cultural event series will happen if new adult services librarian Michele Hjorting has anything to do with it.

The Portland transplant is enjoying the Prescott Valley sunshine and looking forward to meeting more library patrons.

"I'm impressed with what the library is offering now as far as programming," she said.

Hjorting explained that she helped the Prescott Valley Public Library receive a Library Services and Technology Act grant, in partnership with OLLI, to fund a series of multi-cultural and educational programs.

Beginning in September, the library will present live performances, feature films and documentaries, including OLLI facilitated lectures on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

The Primavera Ballet Folklorico will kick-off the series on Saturday, Sept. 12, followed by a reception in the Crystal Room.

"My focus right now is on that program. My hope is to increase awareness of what the library has to offer in this community and increase attendance for our programs," she said.

Hjorting landed in Prescott Valley after her husband decided to retire and shortly thereafter, began working at the library. She brings 16 years of experience to the table, with a background in art history and archeology.

"Somehow, that all translated into library. It works very well," she said with a laugh.

Hjorting started out working for the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. She also traveled to Bulgaria to study global librarianship.

"It was an amazing experience, to compare and contrast what we have here. It's still a developing, former communist country. They are behind us in some respects but their libraries are more cultural institutions, where they preserve the past," she said.

Hjorting said she enjoys the change of weather from her former rainy climate and she plans to maintain her hobbies of hiking and camping. She also loves photography, gardening and cooking.

What is Hjorting reading right now?

"I'm listening to 'The Nightingale' on an audiobook by Kristin Hannah. It's a story about the present day with a WWII reflection. It's an amazing book."

For more information about the Prescott Valley Public Library and its adult programs and services, call 928-759-3040 or Michele Hjorting at 928-759-6196.

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