By Chris Peterson
News from Hungry Horse
The Imagine If Library in Columbia Falls has a new director. Liz Camarillo recently took over from Principal Tony Edmundson, who will transition to a new role as Adult Services Librarian, based in Kalispell.
The multi-talented Camarillo has worked at the Columbia Falls branch since 2016, starting as a courier while working his way up the library ranks over the years. She transitioned to Library Counselor at the Kalispell and Columbia Falls sites in February 2020.
She lived in the Valley for 14 years and grew up in California and Arizona. She also has a background in accounting, childcare and culinary arts – she works with her family running La Casita restaurants in West Glacier and Kalispell.
She said her vision for the Columbia Falls Library went beyond books.
“We want this to be a launch pad to success,” she said.
She also launched a new feature on the library’s social media pages called History Fridays, which features a photo of a local historical figure and a short biography.
In addition to around 15,000 titles, the library has internet hotspots for people to consult, iPads, computers, digital copies of books, a fax machine, printers and even computers. a 3D printer.
“I see in her someone who will continue our partnerships and seek new ones. I trust him to uphold the values of our community library, to be a resource for our citizens, our families and our children,” said Edmundson, who was a librarian at the Columbia Falls branch for 6½ years.
Camarillo’s favorite author?
It’s a complicated question.
“That’s what I’m browsing right now,” she said. At the moment, she enjoys the books of Joanna Davidson Politano.
Edmundson said her new role at Imagine If will include working closely with schools, nonprofits and other civic organizations as well as training staff.