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Greensburg Public Library (812) 663-2826
Children’s Room (812) 663-4455
Dial-a-Story (812) 663-KIDS(5437)
Fax Number (812) 663-5617
Westport Branch Library Phone & Fax (812) 591-2330

Meet the Librarians

Vanessa Martin
Library Director

Vanessa became director of the library in 2016. She works with the Library board and staff to plan for the Library’s future. Vanessa has many additional duties at the Library that include providing reference services, ordering books for the adult non-fiction and fiction collections, purchasing eBooks and downloadable audiobooks for Overdrive, preparing staff schedules, answering questions about Overdrive, eBooks, eReaders, and general questions from the public. Vanessa received her Master’s in Library Science in 2005 and has worked in libraries since 2002. When she’s not at the Library she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Jill Pratt
Children’s Librarian

Jill has worked at the Greensburg Public Library for 10 years and has been the children’s librarian for 5 years. She attended Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky and is now attending IUPUI, working toward a master’s degree in Library Science. She loves working with children and developing programs for them. She especially enjoys the Lap Sit, Toddler Time, and Story Time classes. She also gets to work with school age children and loves talking books with them. The Summer Reading Program, Battle of the Books, and the annual Halloween and Christmas programs are all under the auspices of the children’s room and are very fun to plan and carry out.

Amy Swihart
Teen Librarian

Amy joined the Library staff in 2015. She has previously worked as a high school librarian and high school Spanish teacher. Amy loves to work with teens and enjoys their creative spirit. She is looking forward to planning and participating in many exciting teen programs for students in grades 6 through 12. Amy also loves to read YA literature and is always happy to discuss her favorite reads with anyone and everyone. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, and can often be found volunteering with her sons’ marching band at their high school.

Laura Jo Tebbe
Assistant Children’s Librarian

Laura Jo prepares and helps Jill carry out Toddler Times, Story Times and other programs for children from birth to 6th grade. ” It’s hard to know what’s best in my job. Planning programs is a lot of fun, but that fun is rivaled by seeing those programs come to life as the children take part and enjoy them.” A BA and MA in elementary education and 20 years teaching 1st and 2nd graders were perfect preparation for the job of Assistant Children’s Librarian

When not at the library, Laura Jo is married and has four grown children and eight (soon to be nine) grandchildren. And yes, those grandchildren enjoy their own private story times!

Keith Kaffenberger
Computer Systems Technician

Keith came to the library in 2012. He is in charge of maintaining and updating the library’s technical equipment and website, as well as assisting patrons with technological problems. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking and traveling and previously worked in Japan as a teacher. If you would like basic computer training, you can contact him by phone at (812) 663-2826 or by using this form.

Lori Durbin
Community Relations Liaison

Lori D. has been working at the Library in some capacity since September 1998. Currently, she handles community relations, marketing, and adult programming. She is available to speak to groups or organizations about the Library and welcomes the chance to do so.

Lori is married and has, “Three terrific children and two awesome grandsons.” She and her husband, Sean, participate in pre-1840 re-enactments and really enjoy camping and road trips.

Lori is always open to suggestions for programs and other library activities. Feel free to send your ideas, questions or comments her way!

Deb Smith
Westport and Bookmobile Librarian

Deb has worked for the Library since 1994. She splits her time between the bookmobile and the Westport Branch Library.

Linda Shanks
Outreach Storytime

Linda has worked in schools and libraries off and on since 1986. She has worked with babies all the way to teens, and enjoys them all. Her job is driving to preschools in the city and county to do story times. You can also find her in the children’s room some afternoons and Monday evenings. Her favorite library memory is helping kids in Redondo California build a sand sculpture of a whale. Linda has two grown children and 5 sewing machines.