Patty Braden has served as director of the Romulus Public Library since 2011. Before coming to Romulus, she was director of a public library in north Wisconsin for four years and worked for many years in academic libraries. Patty has a B.S. in Geography from Eastern Michigan University and earned her MILS at the University of Michigan. She enjoys reading, Michigan football, and spending time with family. As library director, Patty is committed to providing excellent service to the community.
Jessica Wilhoite is the Assistant Director / Youth Services Librarian here at the Romulus Public Library. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in History/Art History, then thought – now what? She took to the internet to try and find her next step and, literally, came upon links for library school; she enrolled at Wayne State and graduated in 2010 with her Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.
Head of Adult Services and Outreach – Jake Rynicki
Jake Rynicki is the Head of Adult Services and Outreach. Prior to Romulus, Jake has worked for both Dearborn and Melvindale Public Libraries. While working on his B.A. , Jake interned at the Berkowitz Gallery where he cataloged over 200 art objects to be sold off. Part of the internship was archival work. This led him to research jobs in related fields and he applied to Wayne State’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Michigan with his B.A. in Art History: Museum Studies and in 2016 he graduated from Wayne State University with his Masters in Library and Information Sciences.
Jake has several goals in life; learn every language of his ancestry (so far he’s studied 3; French, German, and Polish), visit all 50 states (so far 19), and read all the classics he never got to read in school.
Youth Services Librarian – Tee Versele
Tee Versele is a Youth Services Librarian at the Romulus Public Library. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2018 with a B.F.A. in Studio Art. After graduating, she enrolled at Wayne State University to pursue an archival degree, but fell in love with youth services along the way, due to a lifelong love of fairy tales, graphic novels, and multicultural stories. She graduated with her MLIS in 2020.
Tee can be found surrounded by graphic novels, drawing on her tablet, or enjoying cartoons with her partner, Alex and her dog, Schatzi. She is rarely found without a large iced coffee in her hand or a podcast in her headphones.
Library Assistant II – Joan Carlton
Library Assistant II – Lindsay Lore
Library Assistant I – Shawn Braun
Library Assistant I – Jessica Grabski Roldan