DILLON PUBLIC LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT
Dillon Public Library seeks to provide the best possible services and materials for informational, educational, cultural, and recreational use by the community. Dillon Public Library supports an informed community, lifelong learning, and the love of reading by providing access for all Dillon and Beaverhead County residents to a universe of ideas and information. Our library goes beyond the mere provision of factual information, but serves the community as a cultural center, an after-school destination, a meeting location, a haven for reflection, a happening place, and a source of wide-ranging knowledge and entertainment in a welcoming environment.
John A. Garry-Chairperson, Dillon Public Library
John Garry, Chairperson City of Dillon Montana Public Library
I am the Dillon, Montana City Councilperson representative on the Library Board and have held that position for approximately two years.
At the current date, I am 69 years of age.
I was raised in Dillon, Montana attending all grades in the Dillon public school system and one year at Western Montana College of Education, now University of Montana Western. The exception was my third grade, which was spent in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I hold a BS from Montana State University and a MS degree from University of Phoenix.
My working career was as an Instrumentation Engineer with the Northrop Grumman Corporation, (NGC), in the Los Angeles, California area. During those 40+ years, I held various levels of engineering and management positions. I am retired.
In the summer of 2015, Liz, my wife of 37 years, and I returned to Dillon to enjoy our retirement years.
I am also a member of the local Lions Club and one of the drivers for the Disabled American Veterans, (DAV) van.
Claire Marlowe – Vice Chairperson, Dillon Public Library
I grew up less than a block from the Dillon Public Library. Especially during my teenage years, where it seemed like kids in Dillon either got in trouble or they didn’t, I spent many content hours in the library (presumably staying out of trouble). Once I graduated high school, I went out into the world and spent some 15+ years in Houston, Texas, with brief stints in other big cities. I met my wonderful husband, had my son, and realized I had to get back home in order to raise him right.
With these perspectives in mind, and as a homeschooling mom, I am pleased to volunteer my time and effort toward one of Dillon’s finest influences on our community. For many avid readers, our library has always been a source of comfort and security. My job is to play a part in continuing that standard, as well as assisting and enabling as it expands its role in the community as a place to gather, explore and have fun! I feel privileged to serve the library, and it’s especially fulfilling to work with this dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and board members.
Alyce Wassall was a parochial and public elementary teacher for 25 years. Her specialty was reading and she has Special Education training. She taught a remedial class for one year with educable and trainable children. She spent ten years in San Francisco’s Chinatown teaching Asian children just entering the country who had no English language skills. She is trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher, whose aim is to jump-start struggling readers at the first grade level. Her last eleven years of teaching were in a public school near Half Moon Bay, California, where she served on various committees and was in charge of DRA Test Results. Her career is one in which she has been widely recognized by administrators, colleagues, parents, and her students for her outstanding work and results. Alyce has a BS in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has lifetime teaching credentials in three states. Alyce was raised in New Jersey and Missouri. She is active in her local church, having served on the vestry.
My name is Ashley Dietrich. I am 27 years old and the mother of a sassy, almost 3-year-old boy who is the light of my life and the reason I strive to be the best possible version of myself. I’ve embarked on several entrepreneurial journeys and I am the owner of a local, small tanning, hair and nail salon, and spa in Dillon, MT, as well as running a successful makeup business and being a freelance makeup artist. I have a passion for this town and community and it is my goal to be as involved as possible in hopes of being a small part of what keeps it an amazing place to raise my son. I have experience in putting together and hosting both community and charity events that help local businesses and non-profits. In early 2017 I started dedicating a lot of my time and body to research in hopes of gathering more information and possibly a cure to my rare invisible illness called POTS which stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and I became the first trial patient with my condition through a series of IV treatments. I’ve currently made headway in the research and started a non-profit organization called “Spread the Light” which focuses on raising awareness for rare illnesses, depression, anxiety, suicide, and PTSD. I live my life by 5 simple rules. #1: Family comes first. #2: Believing that anything is possible is the first step to achieving the impossible. #3: Don’t wait, our time is short. #4: Be kind to one another, because you never know what someone is going through. #5: DREAM BIG.
I am a Dillon native who grew up a block from our wonderful little library. I left home for twenty five years to serve our country in the Army. I gained worldwide perspectives on culture, politics, war, peace…and beer. I met my incomparable husband in New York and left the military to become a mother while also earning my Associates in Business. With all my experiences in other parts of the country–and world, I couldn’t think of a better place than Dillon to raise my family.
Now, as a homeschooling mom of three, education, knowledge and experience in any form is of utmost value to me. Being a part of Dillon Public Library’s continued success helps enable us to learn as a family, not just through books and programs, but through the many opportunities to be active participants in creating growth and bringing innovation to our small community. As a family, we make the Library’s continued success a priority, for ourselves, for other homeschoolers, and for all the town folk who call Dillon and Beaverhead County home.