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Keitha OwenLibrary Director:
Keitha Owen

I have worked in the Public Services part of Librarianship for many years. I have been lucky to experience almost all facets of public library work. I started as a “page” the person that shelves the books. Since I had a teaching credential, the library I worked at gave me an all-expense paid trip to the University of Washington’s School of Librarianship, where I obtained my Masters in Library Science degree. I have worked as a Children’s Librarian, Teen Librarian, Circulation Librarian, Reference Librarian, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager (several libraries) and now as the Library Director for the City of Ocean Shores. One of my “fun” and different positions was as the branch manager for King County Library Systems Answerline, an on-call telephone/computer center that answered all types of questions for all of King County.

My vision for the Ocean Shores Public Library is to guide the library through the coming years by blending new technology with all the traditional high touch services.

Outside of the library, I am a Master Gardener and I love to cook, especially what I grow.

Michelle TraerAssistant:
Michelle Traer

Michelle Traer starting working summers at the Ocean Shores Library in 1992 while she was still in high school, she started full time in November of 1996. Michelle was born and raised in Grays Harbor County and her roots go back three generations in the area. Michelle’s favorite part of her job is reader’s advisory, her favorite genre of book is fiction and some of her favorite authors are Alice Hoffman, Adriana Trigiani and Sophie Kinsella. When Michelle is not at the library or reading, she enjoys traveling, walking on the beach and singing karaoke.


Niko LaranangClerk:
Niko Laranang

Niko Laranang began working at the Ocean Shores Public Library in 2014. Raised in Grays Harbor, his interest in books started at a young age and has grown since then. While in high school, he enjoyed the experience of helping out in the school's library and reading through all of the amazing books. His favorite part of his job is getting to talk with the younger patrons about the books they just finished reading and helping them find the next chapter in the book series.

Niko enjoys craft making, photography, creating artwork and sci-fi tv shows in his cardboard airship when he's not at the library.


Nick BishopClerk:
Nickolas Bishop

Nickolas Bishop began volunteering at the library in the summer of 2015, while on break from college. He came back the following three summers, and was hired on as a part-time worker in May of 2018. He is now full-time. Nick likes helping people understand the “How” and “Why” of things.

In his free time, Nick likes playing table top games with friends, like Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons.


Lisa BeckrichClerk:
Lisa Beckrich

Lisa recently moved to Ocean Shores from Colorado. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is enjoying being home again.

In her spare time, she enjoys calligraphy, design, and making handmade books.



Louise LoughlinClerk:
Marcella Jurotich

After living in the mountains, Marcella enjoys the rainy weather and exploring the coastal environments in Ocean Shores. She is a huge fan of libraries and is excited to be working here at the Ocean Shores Public Library. In her free time, Marcella likes to dance, walk along the sand dunes, and read fiction, especially works by Louise Erdrich and Stefan Zweig.


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