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309 N 5th St, Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: (402) 844-2000















Your Library Staff

Our Reference Department assists patrons and life-long learners find answers to their questions and research needs.

Judy Judy, Reference/Outreach Supervisor
Judy Hilkemann is the current Reference/Outreach Supervisor at the Norfolk Public Library.  She began working at the library in 1981 as the Madison County Bookmobile librarian and later was the Interlibrary Loan Librarian for both public and school libraries in a 13-county area.  She has enjoyed all three of the jobs that she has held but particularly enjoyed working with the rural school students and teachers on the Bookmobile.  In her opinion, the single biggest change in library services during the years has been the Internet and technology which enables library services to be available to customers 24/7.
Amy Amy, Reference Assistant
Amy has worked at the Norfolk Public Library since May of 2005.  She works in the Reference Department and enjoys reading biographies and non-fiction.
Lisa Lisa, Reference Assistant
Lisa has been at the Norfolk Public Library since March of 2008, but she has worked part-time in summer recreation since May of 2000.  Besides the Library, she has been the manager of the city's swimming pools and the Recreation Leader for the City Recreation Baseball and Softball programs.  Lisa loves watching sports especially the Huskers and the New York Yankees!!!
Lenaya Lenaya, Outreach Coordinator
Lenaya has worked for the Library since April, 2009 but has been with the City of Norfolk since the summer of 1991.  During her time with the City, Lenaya has worked as a police officer, a secretary at the Fire Division, and in the Records Division for the Police Division.  In her continuing pursuit to see if she can work at every division within the City, she currently is coordinating the Outreach program for the Library, delivering books to those that are homebound, and as a legal assistant at the City Attorney's Office.  In her free time, Lenaya enjoys attending her kids' activities....which, with 4 kids, pretty much consumes any free time she might ever have!   If you are interested in more information regarding the Library's Outreach Program, please give Lenaya a call at 402-844-2100!


The Youth Services Department offers programs for children of all ages. Youth Services librarians present programs throughout the year for young adults, including the always popular Summer Reading Program and the annual Norfolk Literature Festival.

Karen Karen, Librarian I & Youth Services Supervisor
Karen is an avid reader of history, biography, historical fiction, and youth literature.  Her special interests, besides reading, include travel, family history, and knitting.  She loves bringing people and good books together.
Marci Marci, Library Technician & Youth Services
Marci began working at the Norfolk Public Library in 1983.  She is the Assistant Youth Services Librarian, the Interlibrary Loan Librarian and also assists with circulation, reference, and adult fiction collection development.  Marci is an avid reader, she likes people, and loves book groups, so she considers working at the library her ideal career.


The Circulation Department is responsible for all items checked in and out of the Library.

Doug Doug, Circulation Supervisor
Doug was born long ago in Norfolk, NE.  He graduated high school from Omaha Central and went on to earn an AA degree in business management while living in San Diego, CA.  Doug has been working in the library for more than 20 years.  He says he likes working in the library for 3 reasons: #1 He likes to work with the public;  #2 He still (even at his old age) enjoys ordering music for the library; and  #3  He enjoys working with the staff.   Doug is responsible for ordering a large portion of the music available at the library.  You can E-mail him with music suggestions at:

Jane, Library Assistant
Jane has been a Library Assistant in the Circulation Department for over 25 years, starting out as a part time employee. Jane handles much of the paperwork pertaining to the Circulation of library materials in addition to managing the Travelpack and paperback book collections. Her other responsibilities include the check in of periodicals and maintenance of the current periodicals area of the library. She also sorts all materials donated to the library and distributes incoming mail. 

Lois, Library Assistant
Norfolk native Lois Hall joined the staff in 2011 after thirty eight years in education.  Her interests include reading, nature, landscaping, decorating and antiques.  She enjoys children's books by Margie Palatini and Patricia Polacco.  Humorous adult books are also among her favorites.  Working at the Norfolk Public Library is her ideal "second" career.



Tom, Security Monitor/Clerk
Tom grew up on a farm in western Iowa.  He graduated from high school in Whiting, Iowa, and earned a teaching degree through Wayne State.  His educational career included teaching at Washington and Lincoln Schools in Norfolk for 12 years, followed by four years as elementary administrator in Ainsworth.  He then returned to Norfolk as administrator at Grant School for 13 years. Tom and his wife, Lois, have been married for 35 years.  They have one daughter, Cat, who lives in Des Moines with her husband, Scott.

Emily, Library Assistant
Emily joined the library staff in September 2016. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English and a certificate in Library and Information Services.  She is an avid reader of sci-fi, historical and contemporary fiction.

In Technical Services, books and materials are cataloged, processed, and made ready for patrons to check out. Norfolk Public Library uses Dewey Decimal Classification for its numbering scheme, and Library of Congress subject headings for its vocabulary terms and cross references.

Sally Sally, Librarian I & Technical Services Supervisor
Sally began working at the Norfolk Public Library in the reference department in 1983.  In the fall of 1988, she became the supervisor of the Technical Services department where she spends most of her time cataloging and classifying books and materials.  This means trying to place an item in a so called “logical” Dewey Decimal classification number with (hopefully) pertinent descriptive subjects.  Sally and her husband share four wonderful children and have been blessed with ten beautiful grandchildren (so far)! 
Nikki Nikki, Library Assistant
Nikki has worked for the Norfolk Public Library for 10 years.  She started as a library page, then became a Library Assistant I.  She enjoys reading Historical Christian Fiction and Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant.
Janet Janet, Library Assistant
Janet has been employed as a library assistant since 2004. She works with acquisitions and cataloging, writes our monthly newsletter and helps with programming. Janet is a member of the Norfolk FreeLance Writers Club and the Tuesday Night Book Discussion Group. She enjoys reading and writing fiction for adults and children.
Marge Marge, Library Technician
Marge joined the Norfolk Public Library staff in June of 1990 as a cataloger.  She is originally from Madison, Nebraska, but has lived in Norfolk since 1953.  She is a dog lover and the proud (most of the time!) owner of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. She loves to read and especially enjoys mysteries and psychological thrillers.

Administrative Staff

Jessica, Director
Jessica has been at the Norfolk Public Library since October of 2012.   She started working in libraries in 2002 and earned a master's degree in Library Science from Kent State University in 2005.  She loves to read all kinds of genres and spends a lot of time reading with her children.  When she's not working, reading, or having fun with her family, she enjoys watching classic films and listening to indie rock.
Lynn Lynn, Secretary
Lynn is the secretary for the Norfolk Public Library, Library Board, and Library Foundation.  She has been employed at Norfolk Public Library for eight years.  She graduated in May of 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science from UNO.
Mike Mike, Technology Specialist
Mike has lived in Nebraska his entire life and in Norfolk for over 20 years. He joined the library staff in 2016 as the Library Technology Specialist. His passion is to help support digital learning at the library. In his free time you can propably find Mike watching or coaching sports, fishing and spending time with his family.