Manriquez hired for post at Holtville public library

December 15, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI

Staff Writer,

HOLTVILLE — Julio Manriquez of Calexico was recently put in charge of the Holtville library.

As a library clerk II, he fills the position left vacant by the death of Sally Henthorne on Sept. 8. Henthorne had been in the job for 17 years.

Born in Mexico, Manriquez's most recent employment includes working in the technical services department of the Spencer Library Media Center at Imperial Valley College.

Doing everything manually at the Meyer Public Library in Holtville has been a big change, Manriquez said.

"At IVC everything was on computers," he said, "but I like it here. It is very quiet and the people are friendly."


Connie Barrington, county librarian, said of Manriquez: "Julio has very good technical service skills as well as a service attitude. Julio seems to have the same attitude as Sally in service to the community.

"We would like to get automated, which would allow us to provide better service to our patrons. It will assist them not only in what we have available at the branches but also what we have in the system."

Manriquez, 31, hasn't planned any immediate changes in the running of the library. He wants to learn the ropes before making alterations.

He has noticed a good amount of traffic from winter visitors at the library. Out-of-town visitors receive temporary library cards. They have the option of checking out books and magazines and using the library's computer to check their e-mail.

The library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For information about the library call 356-2385.

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