Library Staff

Connee Woods, Library Director

 "Hi, I'm Connee.  I'm married, mother of two, grandmother of seve, great-grandma to two and am a retired social worker.  I LOVE Life!  I live on an acerage with my husband, 4 horses, two dogs, and assorted cats.  I also love to READ.  Stop in and meet me at our library.  I will look forward to it."


Cheryl Sikora, librarian

"I live on an acreage outside of Ruthven where I enjoy gardening, flowers, feeding the birds (mostly sparrows but I don't care), cooking, and collecting recipes.  I retired after 37 years as a dispatcher for the Spencer Police Department.  I am a member of Spencer Women of Today.  I have enjoyed being a part of this service organization.  I started at the Ruthven Public Library after retirement on a whim and have never regretted my decision."


BJ Hemmingsen, librarian & notary

Has lived in Ruthven for 36 years.  She and her husband Duane raised their four children here.  BJ has been involved in many community activities during her tenure in Ruthven.  She was highly involved in her children's activities at school and outside of school.  She could be found at many a T-ball, softball, baseball, and basketball game, track meets, band and vocal concerts, plays and 4-H activities.  She also directed the Summer Youth Program for 5 years.  Since her retirement, she has managed the local Food Pantry, and volunteers at the Lost Island Nature Center, as well as working at the library.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading, and tending to her flower garden.


Shannon Pascual, librarian

Shannon lives in Ruthven with her husband Jaime.  She grew up in Sheffield, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Norhtern Iowa with a B.A. in Foods and Nutrition.  She was awarded an MDiv from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and served churches for 15 years before moving to NW Iowa to be closer to family.  She enjoys reading crime thrillers, listening to podcasts, and working in the yard or riding bike when the weather is nice.  Shannon is excited to start her journey at the library and share her love for books with others.