Meet the Youth Services Staff

TiaYSavatarnotify meTia Gurney - Senior Youth Services Librarian

Tia has worked in public libraries since 2013 and has worked in the youth services sector at large regional locations and in the programming department with Hillsborough County developing early literacy and teen programs for systemwide use. Tia’s passion is creating engaging and informational program content for all ages with an emphasis on kinetic learning. Tia’s favorite children’s book author is Bob Shea.
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notify meKrystal French - Early Childhood Librarian

Ms. Krystal has worked at the Barbara S. Ponce Library since 2001. Using her Early Childhood and Elementary Education background, she has enjoyed creating and presenting storytimes and programs for families and for all ages from birth to 5th grade. In January of 2017, she became our first Early Childhood Librarian. It is very hard for her to choose just one favorite children’s author but Karma Wilson is definitely one of them!
az200notify meAmelia Zimmerman - Tween/Teen Librarian

I specialize in art programs that require glitter. My favorite YA author is probably either Rainbow Rowell or Holly Black.
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Hayley Brengle - Library Assistant

Growing up with a mother as a librarian, I’ve been around libraries my whole life. I’ve worked around kids for the past six years and have a passion for watching them learn and grow. Growing up I loved; Rainbow Fish, Corduroy, Junie B Jones, alongside many other great reads. My work is mostly targeted towards elementary to middle school aged children.
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Michele Ervin - Library Assistant

I've been working with kids my whole life and in the youth department of this library for a year.  My favorite children's book authors are Don and Audrey Wood who wrote and illustrated The Napping House and The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear.  I specialize in early literacy development.  
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Peggy Matthes - Library Assistant

 I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Graphic Design and a great love for arts and crafts and outdoor learning. As a mom I've spent nine years as a volunteer parent in my daughter's school library organizing the bi-annual Scholastic bookfairs. I've been a Girl Scout troop leader for eight years and have been in charge of creating and implementing youth programs for grades K - 12.  My favorite children's author is Julia Donaldson.
Jenny Varelas- Library Assistant

I have worked with kids for the past four years in a variety of settings. Growing up I really loved the Madeline series. My work is mostly centered towards elementary school aged children.