New Managers at Comstock Park Library
The Comstock Park Library has two new managers – Morgan Hanks and Liz Guarino-Kozlowicz. Both come with years of library experience including at Kent District Library (KDL).
Hanks worked at the KDL Plainfield Branch Library for three years as circulation manager. She was then promoted to a branch manager position for Plainfield and Spencer Township Branches and will now be Region 1 Manager at both the Comstock Park and Plainfield branches. As Region I Manager, Hanks will focus on community outreach, and working with the Library Board. The Comstock Park and Plainfield branches are both located in Plainfield Township, and Hanks will also be responsible for working with the Township Board.
As Region II Manager, Guarino-Kozlowicz will focus more on day-to-day customer service within the branches such as scheduling. She worked at the KDL Grandville Branch Library as an adult librarian for five years and in 2010 was promoted to branch manager at the Caledonia branch. She came to the Plainfield branch in January of this year and now will also manage Comstock Park. Guarino-Kozlowicz worked at the Baker College Library in Jackson MI before coming to Grand Rapids to work at KDL.
Both said they don’t foresee making changes at the Comstock Park Library right away. Guarino-Kozlowicz said that right now the two are “getting to know the staff and community.” Hanks said the concept of shared branch managers is based on newer staffing models in library management. She said it allows managers “more time to manage” and work in a team with other managers.
Hanks didn’t set out to be a librarian, and she doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS). While attending Michigan State University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing, Hanks worked in the Business Library at the University. After graduating she was offered a work internship at the library. She said she found a love for libraries and “couldn’t imagine doing anything else.” She moved to Grand Rapids to take a job with KDL.
Guarino-Kozlowicz said she “didn’t really use libraries as a kid.” She grew up in a rural area and graduated from Bronson High School in southern Michigan. While attending Grand Valley State University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in professional writing, she said she “recognized the value of research (and libraries).” That made her decide to go to Wayne State University to earn her MLS. She said she “likes the possibilities of helping people with so many facets of life, not just reading.”
Besides a love of reading, writing, and libraries, the two share an interest in yoga, and they each love walking their dogs. Guarino-Kozlowsicz has a rescue dog names Ruby, and Hanks has an 85 pound German Shepard/Blue Heeler mix named Luna.
Hanks was born in Grand Rapids. Her family moved to Commerce near Detroit then back to the Northview area. She graduated from Northview High School. She and her partner Michael live in the Alger Heights area. They enjoy biking and hiking. She said on the days she’s at the Comstock Park branch, she’s looking forward to walking or biking at nearby Dwight Lydell Park and the White Pine Trail on her lunch time. She is also a registered yoga teacher and substitutes in yoga classes.
Guarino-Kozlowicz lives in Grand Rapids with her husband Mark, their son, 9, and daughter, 5. She has and adult stepdaughter who lives in Colorado. She said her children always have a list of books they want her to bring home from the library. Her main reading tastes are mysteries and sociology-related books.