The Winters Community Library turned a new chapter recently with Ashleigh Torres becoming the new Library Branch Supervisor. A sommelier of literature, Torres has quickly proven she fits like a bookmark in her new role.
Born and raised down I-80 in Antelope, reading was an integral part of growing up. According to Torres, she began frequenting libraries as a kid because her mother could no longer afford her “reading problem.”
In college, she earned a bachelors and master’s degree in library science and then travelled her career path until it eventually led her to Winters.
“I’ve worked in school settings and previously as a youth services librarian for El Dorado County. Then this job came up and it was a perfect marriage of everything I was interested in,” explained Torres. “I’ve been to Winters before and loved it. So, when I was looking into the position, I saw the passion the community has for the library that I’ve seen nowhere else. I applied for the job, started in July and it’s been great ever since.”
Beyond Torres’ duties of cover cataloging and programing for children, teens and adults, she also has her hands full dispelling the stereotypes that shroud people’s vision of libraries.
“People think of the stereotypical library they see on TV and that librarians just sit at a desk all day shushing people. They’re actually loud community hubs and it’s overwhelming sometimes trying to let people know about all the resources we have to offer,” Torres said talking about how the library offers more than books. “We have a crazy amount of resources to help people with resumes, job searches and connections to the community. We also have programming and events for all ages, resources for learning a new language, English conversation groups, professional development content, college prep content and career resources. There’s so much and we’re constantly talking to the community asking, ‘what do you need from the library?’ and ‘What can we do here, specifically, for the Winters community?’”
Although relatively new to the community, Torres has already bolstered the preexisting fervor it has for the library. From the in-person story time in the teaching garden (taking place every first and second Wednesday of the month starting at 10:30 a.m.) to the book club for adults (meeting at 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Hooby’s Brewing), her community cohesion is what Winters is all about.
“I really like getting to know the community and the regulars that come into the library,” Torres said explaining her favorite part of serving the community. “I love the passion the community has for the library, events and programs we put on. We just have so many people that come in and are excited about what we’re doing. That makes my job fun and easy to do sharing that information.”
To stay up to date on everything going on at the Winters Community Library, visit their website at yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/ or visit them at 708 Railroad Ave.
It’s like Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”