The Library Partnership is located at 912 NE 16th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601 and staff can be reached by calling 352.334.0160.
Library Partnership Staff
Cherie Kelly – Resource Center Manager
Cherie accepted the position as the Library Partnership Resource Center Manager in June 2016 and has enjoyed building connections with families in the Northeast community and strengthening programs to increase family protective factors. She joined Partnership for Strong Families in December 2009 after relocating to Gainesville to complete a clinical psychology internship. In her spare time, Cherie most enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and shopping.
Shandra Nichols – Family Support Facilitator
Shandra began her employment with Partnership for Strong Families in July 2016 after accepting the Family Support Facilitator position at the Library Partnership. As the Family Support Facilitator, Shandra finds great pleasure in meeting and engaging families on a regular basis; assisting them with meeting their needs through onsite and community resources and by helping them identify their personal strengths and skills to be able to tap into their own resources. In her spare time, Shandra enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, attending concerts and events, listening to music, and doing DIY projects.
Jennifer Burgess – Early Childhood Family Support Facilitator
“Jen” began working in connection with Partnership for Strong Families in 2016 as a Family Care Counselor. As a Family Care Counselor, Jen developed a passion for strengthening families through community connections and advocacy. This brought Jen into her current position as Early Childhood Family Support Facilitator at the Library Partnership. In her current role, Jen thrives when working with families through a lens of compassion and understanding. While away from the office, Jen enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with friends.
Hazel Rutlege – Receptionist
Hazel began working at the Library Partnership in 2010 through the AARP SCSEP (Senior Community Services Employment Program). In 2018, Hazel has was hired by Partnership for Strong Families as a receptionist, working part-time at the Library Partnership. In her role, Hazel provides assistance with accessing resource center services and other resources in the community. In her spare time, Hazel enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and extended family.
Serve as a volunteer or intern – The Library Partnership is continually looking for volunteers and/or interns who are seeking to gain first-hand knowledge of our center and how we provide direct services to families. We are always in need of volunteers/interns who have experience in the areas of clerical/administrative, program development, event planning or community outreach functions. Please click here to complete an application in order to volunteer.
Serve on the Community Advocacy Council – Part of being a community resource center is involving the community in our planning and decision-making. We want the people who use the Library Partnership to guide the way. The council meets 5-6 times a year as needed. If you are interested, please join our Community Advisory Council. To join the Council, stop by the Library Partnership, call 352.334.0160 and speak to Hazel Rutledge or Shandra Nichols.