Philbrook said the change is not quite drastic since he recognizes many of the local faces who visit both branches on the West Side.
“Everything is happening very quickly — it just adds to the excitement,” Philbrook said on Monday, March 17. “I am excited and eager and looking forward to jumping in with both feet.”
Philbrook knows the Patterson staff including library clerk Debbie Allan, who works at the Patterson library on Mondays and at the Newman library the rest of the week.
Philbrook, who has worked in the Newman branch for three years, earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock and his master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University.
He has also worked in the Stanislaus County Library system for seven years in the Modesto, Oakdale and Salida branches.
Cardenas will be based in Turlock and is the new Children’s Regional Librarian who will be working with the Patterson, Turlock, Denair and Newman libraries, bringing children’s programs to those branches.
Cardenas came to Patterson a year-and-a-half ago from the Modesto library where she worked in the children’s department for eight years and reference services for one year.
“One thing that really excites me is to help promote learning literacy so children can read at grade level by third-grade,” Cardenas said.
Towards that aim, she will return to Patterson on Saturday, April 5 for the Day of the Child reading day activities.
Cardenas said she will miss Patterson residents and its partners in literacy.
“As all endings, this is so bittersweet because I have built a strong rapport with the community and with customers here,” Cardenas said. “Patterson is such a loving, welcoming community — I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
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