Former shelver becomes St. Helena library director

From Napa Valley Register

“Every entry-level employee dreams of having a career path like Chris Kreiden’s: hired on the spot, elected by her peers to run the place temporarily, and then put in charge permanently by an impressed boss.That the journey took her 26 years doesn’t diminish the gratitude Kreiden feels toward the staff, patrons and library supporters who helped her rise from part-time shelver to director of the St. Helena Public Library.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/former-shelver-becomes-st-helena-library-director/article_90233001-ce90-541c-9ca0-787a433f4702.html

Kreiden named St. Helena library director

From Napa Valley Register

” After five months in an interim role, Chris Kreiden has been appointed director of the St. Helena Public Library.Kreiden was named acting library director after former director Jennifer Baker was fired in June. Kreiden has worked at the library for more than 20 years, and has a master’s degree in library science.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/kreiden-named-st-helena-library-director/article_96b04494-07f7-52ea-aa14-700db758fa8a.html

St. Helena: Emails show Phillips’ frustration with Baker

from the St. Helena Star

“City Manager Jennifer Phillips expressed frequent frustration about former Library Director Jennifer Baker in the weeks leading up to Baker’s firing, according to emails released by the city of St. Helena in response to the Star’s Public Records Act request.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/emails-show-phillips-frustration-with-baker/article_507cfd7f-acfe-5ef1-9b54-32a884c9dd3b.html

St. Helena: Jennifer Baker’s fond farewell

from the St. Helena Star

“About 60 people came to the Carnegie Building Friday to say ‘thank you’ to former Library Director Jennifer Baker. With former Mayor Lowell Smith acting as emcee, Baker received tributes to her energy, hard work, and successes during her seven and a half years in charge of the St. Helena Public Library … In 2014 the St. Helena Public Library had the highest circulation of any California library, and more than six times the national average. Last year the library was recognized as a runner-up for the best small library in America by Library Journal, an award funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s earned praise from organizations like the Knight Foundation and the American Library Association.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/jennifer-baker-s-fond-farewell/article_01730f7a-d550-5ed0-8d22-35f0ef11d442.html

Internal emails shed light on St. Helena library drama

from the Napa Valley Register

“The city of St. Helena provided almost 1,800 pages of emails on July 10 in response to the St. Helena Star’s request for public documents involving budget cuts at the St. Helena Public Library, the dismissal of former Library Director Jennifer Baker, and the hiring and subsequent firing of Rebekah Barr as interim library manager.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/internal-emails-shed-light-on-st-helena-library-drama/article_82558e57-5a97-5d19-b52d-8bd04e95b59e.html

St. Helena: City asks for more time to respond to public records request

from the St. Helena Star

“The city of St. Helena has asked for two more weeks to compile its response to the Star’s request for public documents involving budget cuts at the St. Helena Public Library and the hiring of Rebekah Barr, who was briefly appointed interim library manager.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/city-asks-for-more-time-to-respond-to-public-records/article_eeac6a1f-2c66-502a-b3b9-5c6871012ac9.html