Contact Library Staff

The friendly staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library is ready to answer your questions and help you with your library needs. You may call us at (708) 246-0520 or email us at info@fordlibrary.org. Here are key staff members to contact.

Ted Bodewes, Director of the Library

bodewes@fordlibrary.org
Ted became Director of the Library in 2016, and received his Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2010. Contact him with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Library policies
  • Library governance
  • Gifts and bequests to the library
  • Library relations with the community of Western Springs
Kat Lewandowski, Administrative Aide

kathleen@fordlibrary.org
Kat joined the Library’s Administration in October 2012. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Meeting room reservations
  • Items for posting on the Community Bulletin Board
  • Library Board of Trustee agenda items
  • Building issues
Sandy Frank, Head of the Circulation Department

frank@fordlibrary.org
Sandy has been the Head of the Circulation Department since 1996. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Library cards
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Overdues and fines
  • Lost books
Uma Nori, Head of Youth Services

uma@fordlibrary.org

Uma, Head of Youth Services since 2008, is a graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois. She also has a MS in Life and Plant Sciences from the University of Hyderabad in India. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following

  • Library materials for children
  • Reserving library materials for children
  • Reference questions for children
  • Library events and programs for children
  • The parent-teacher collection
  • School assignments for elementary students K-5
  • Content for children and parents on the website
  • Library visits and outreach activities for children
Margaux Deutsch, Children’s Librarian

margaux@fordlibrary.org

Margaux has been a Children’s Librarian at Thomas Ford since August 2015. She received her library degree from Dominican University’s school of Library and Information Sciences in River Forest, IL. She also has a BA in English from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Contact her for information on the following:

  • Children’s collections
  • Children’s programming
  • Material requests
  • Children’s research and technology
Matthew Wenslauskis, Head of Adult Services

matthew@fordlibrary.org

Matthew has been Head of Adult Services since April 2017. He received his library degree from the Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science. Contact him with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Reference and information services
  • Library materials for adults
  • Reserving library materials
  • Library events for adults
  • Library displays
  • Book-a-Librarian (half-hour librarian consulting)
Rachel Hoover, Adult Services Librarian

rachel@fordlibrary.org

Rachel, an Adult Services Librarian since May 2011, received her library degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library and Information Studies. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following:

    • Reference and information services
    • Library materials for adults
    • Reserving library materials
    • Library events for adults
    • The library website (We do not accept link submissions)
    • Book-a-Librarian (half-hour librarian consulting)
Jessica Dyer, Adult Services Librarian

jessica@fordlibrary.org

Jessica has been an Adult Services Librarian since April 2017. She received her library degree from Dominican University’s school of Library and Information Sciences in River Forest, IL. Contact her with questions and concerns about the following:

  • Reference and information services
  • Library materials for adults
  • Reserving library materials
  • Library events for adults
  • Book-a-Librarian (half-hour librarian consulting)
Nancy Long, Adult Services Librarian

long@fordlibrary.org

Nancy, an Adult Services Librarian at the Library since 1998, received her library degree from the Rutgers University Graduate Program in Library and Information Science. She also holds a BA in Art and History from Valparaiso University. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Reference and information services
  • Library materials for adults
  • Reserving library materials
  • The monthly Thomas Ford Library Book Discussion Group
Heather Booth, Head of Teen Services

heather@fordlibrary.org

Heather has been at Thomas Ford since June 2008 and received her library degree from University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2002. She also has a BA in English and Spanish from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Contact her with your questions or concerns about the following:

  • Library materials for teens
  • Library events, programs, and services for teens and tweens
  • School visits for middle and high school
  • Volunteer opportunities for teens