2012 Eureka Fellow: Angelica Trummell
Hello, I’m Angelica Trummell, Children’s Services Librarian for the Rancho Cucamonga Libraries. The best part of my job is connecting families with resources, creating programs, planning cultural arts nights, having the privilege of overseeing 18+ weekly family-centric programs, and offering up new opportunities to our community. I am currently a team member on several exciting grant projects benefiting libraries across the state and our community including Rancho Cucamonga’s Play and Learn IslandsTM, and being a part of the LSTA-funded “Staff Innovation Fund”, which allowed me to conceive, pitch, and ultimately implement the “Welcome Baby” grant project.
My path into the library field was not a straight shot. I was born in Northern California and headed south to attend UC Riverside, graduating with a degree in Art History. I wanted to be in a museum doing research and started as a project coordinator at the Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundations for Kids. After a while, I realized how much I enjoyed working with the public, especially the children.
An opening at the Temecula Library in children’s seemed like the perfect combination of children and research. The staff at the Temecula Library trained me and encouraged me to go to library school. Education and experience helped me earn a promotion to head up youth services in Temecula at the Grace Mellman Library.
A few years later, an SJSU library school project brought me to Rancho Cucamonga and I was amazed by their innovation and wanted to become a part of the team. By great fortune, there was an opportunity to join the team as a Library Assistant and a few years later, more hard work paid off and upon completing my MLIS I was promoted to Children’s Services Librarian.
Eureka is now the next step in my path to help me learn, grow, make connections, and find new ways to help better our community.
When I’ve got some free time I love to get creative inspiration and laugh! I enjoy comedy shows, museums, connecting with family, playing games, reading, and watching movies and TV with my family (including the furry children - 2 cats and a dog).