Children_Meet the Staff

Kerry Pinkner

Kerry began as the Manager of Children’s Services in April 2012. Some of her favorite books and authors for younger children are Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens and anything written by Mo Willems. She recommends Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson for school age children, and the The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco for any age.

Spending time with her family, traveling, art and reading are some of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys taking long walks with Sawyer, her King Charles Spaniel.

Miss Kaushalya

Miss Kaushalya has been working in children’s services for 14 years, two of those years at the Waukesha Public Library. She loves to recommend books and help children find the right book. Her favorite authors are Patricia Polacco and Janet Stevens. She likes to read all kinds of books especially historical fiction and Mystery books, listen to music and ride her bike. She can speak multiple Indian languages. She loves to spend time with her family and her super cute dog.

Mr. Chris

Mr. Chris enjoys storytelling, tall tales, and performing magic tricks for children. He likes to read about history, and Mark Twain is among his favorite people and authors.  Outside the library Mr. Chris is a competitive runner, an avid salsa dancer, and travels to strange places around the world.

Mr. Jason

Mr. Jason reads lots of books, so he often gets asked what his favorite book is. Since he can't pick just one, here's a list: Favorite Picture Books - I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle; Favorite Chapter Books - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia; Favorite Nonfiction Books - Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone, Drawing From Memory by Allen Say; Favorite Comic Books - Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson; Favorite Book of Poems About Classic Movie Monsters - Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex.

Miss Kelli

Kelli lives in Waukesha with her husband, two children and two cats. She has worked in several departments at the Waukesha Public Library for the last six years. She is a big fan of hilarious children’s books and she loves to share them with children at Storytime ! Kelli also enjoys performing on stage as a professional actress and singer.

Miss Michele

Miss Michele is our Community Library Liaison, sharing time between the public library and the School District of Waukesha. The part of her job she enjoys most is taking the library on the road, and visiting schools in Waukesha! Her favorite authors are Jerry Spinelli and Mo Willems. In her spare time, Miss Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown children, sewing and gardening, and (of course!) reading.

Ms. Rachel

Ms. Rachel started in the Children’s department in 2016 but has loved libraries her whole life. She has worked and volunteered many years in the university library system and a local school library. She loves to hear about your favorite books! Some of her favorite children’s books are the Harry Potter series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte’s Web, The Hobbit and all Calvin and Hobbes. She especially likes books with detailed illustrations like those of Jan Brett and Jill Barklem. Her favorite adult books are cozy mysteries, thrillers and Jane Austen. Ms. Rachel lives in Waukesha with her husband, two amazing daughters and her cats, Orion and Luna. She likes to spend her free time reading, drinking coffee, knitting, crafting, baking and taking care of her small flock of chickens.

Ms. Annie

Ms. Annie started at the Waukesha Public Library in 2015, but has been telling and reading stories all of her life.  She has over 25 years of experience providing children’s programming.  Annie likes sharing great authors and book recommendations with her young and young-at-heart friends.  But she most enjoys hearing your book recommendations and why you enjoyed them. She has two beautiful daughters.  The three of them love having adventures in the great outdoors, watching movies and eating cookies!


Olivia is new to the Waukesha Library in 2018 after graduating college at UW-Madison majoring in Spanish and Film Studies. She has worked and volunteered in public and academic libraries all her life! Some of her favorite books are Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, A Different Pond by Bao Phi, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Bone by Jeff Smith, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. She also loves hearing about the books you love to read! ¿Necesita Ud. ayuda en español? ¡Hable conmigo!
When not at the library, Olivia can be found playing Irish music and watching fun movies.

Miss Mitzi

Miss Mitzi began working at the Waukesha Public Library in 2014 in circulation and is now focused in Children’s Services. She enjoys playing piano and organ, traveling, and reading. Her favorite adult book topics include astronomy and physics. As a retired elementary teacher, she always loves seeing new children’s literature and encourages children to explore all types of literature. Miss Mitzi is originally from New Glarus and appreciates her Swiss heritage. She feels fortunate to have a loving husband and two great adult children.