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Posted on Mar 5, 2015

George welcomes home new librarian

The George Public Library has hired a familiar face as its new librarian.

Raised in the George area, Hydi Hoeger returned to town with her family four years ago and quickly got to work volunteering in the community. Hoeger is a member of the library board for Quincy and the Parent Volunteer Committee at Mountain View Elementary School.

And now she is the newest addition to the George Library, a part of the North Central Regional Library system.

In January, Hoeger took over for Dottie Van Baugh, who moved to the Quincy Public Library full time.

“I am very familiar with George,” Hoeger said. “This is where you really learn to work and grow. Everyone you meet here is genuine and so good. This just seemed to be a perfect fit. To work for NCRL is a bonus.”

Born Hydi Swapp, Hoeger grew up between Quincy and George. After graduating from high school, she attended beauty school in Provo, Utah. While in beauty school, she met Matthew Hoeger, a Connecticut native. The couple has four children, Noah, Abigail, Lucy and Gretchen.

The couple lived in several states on the East Coast, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. While she never imagined living anywhere else but the Northwest, Hoeger enjoyed her time on the other side of the country.

“I got to see places I never expected to see there,” Hoeger said.

While in Connecticut, Hoeger, inspired by her love for reading and writing, studied children’s literature and writing at the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her goal is to instill the love of reading in as many children as possible.

“I love to see them reading and using their imagination,” Hoeger said. “There are so many worlds in books.”

As the George librarian, Hoeger would like to see more people invest in the George library. One of her goals is also to work on the space in the library to make it a warm and comfortable environment to bring in more people, she said.

“I think there are a lot of people who don’t know there’s a George library,” Hoeger said. “That’s one thing I’d like to change.”

Hoeger also is excited to grow the George library and expand its inventory.

“There are so many things the library has to offer,” Hoeger said.

The library, 109 N. Washington Way, is open 1 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Storytime is 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.


— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor