Nancy Martinez retires after leading Lodi Library through renovations
Nancy Martinez at the Lodi Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Martinez, the former library services director, retired recently after 15 years at the library.
- Nancy Martinez at glance
Background: Martinez was born and raised in upstate New York before moving to California with her family as a teenager.
Education: She has a bachelor's degree in English from a university in Washington. It is pretty common for librarians to have a degree in English, she said, unless they are a specialized librarians, in which case they might study business or science.
Martinez then received a master's degree in library science at the University of Michigan.
Career: She started as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Utah before joining the Weber County Library system in Salt Lake City. She worked there for 6 years. Then she moved to Sunnyvale, where she was a children's librarian before working for the San José Public Library for six years as a children's and adult's librarian.
Martinez has spent the last 21 years at the Lodi Public Library, and 15 years as the library director.
Hobbies: In her free time, Martinez loves Sudoku and going to the movies.
"I keep joking at the theater that I'll get a part-time job there to get in free. I love feel-good, romantic comedies and good dramas," she said.
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 am
While standing between rows of children's books waiting for her photo to be taken, Library Services Director Nancy Martinez notices a book about pet rabbits is out of place. She plucks it from the bookcase and reshelves it.
Since she was 14, Martinez has dreamed of working in a library. Throughout the decades, her passion for helping people learn new information has only grown stronger.
Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 am.