Raising Readers in Story County

Our Team

Updated staff bios coming soon!


Executive Director: Cari McPartland 

Cari McPartland began working at RRSC in January of 2022. She graduated with an Associates of Arts in the Recreation Specialists program at Iowa Lakes Community College and Bachelor’s in Human Services (Child-Youth, Recreation & Physical Education with a minor in Psychology) from Westmar College. Prior to coming to RRSC, she assisted in the opening of and served as the Service Center Administrator at The Salvation Army of Ames & Story County since April of 2012. Cari has over 30 years of experience working in the Human Services realm, including non-profit agencies.

Programs Manager: Jerri Heid

I have worked in libraries since 1991 when I was hired as a library assistant and then became the Children’s Librarian at the Cherokee Public Library in Cherokee Iowa, my hometown. In 2000 I was hired at the Clive Public Library, Clive Iowa, to assist in the opening of brand new library with collection and programming as their youth representative.  I worked there until I was hired as the Youth Services Specialist and now as the Youth Services Manager at Ames Public Library.  With each chapter along the way I have consulted and presented on topics such as Toddle on Over: using music in your programming when you can’t sing, Using Baby sign in your Programming, How to Read Aloud, Early literacy Skills and Practices, Youth Department Design, and Teen Services. I have been an RRSC board member since 2015 when I began my position at Ames Public Library. I believe that RRSC mission for 0-8 years corresponds directly with the library’s mission for this age group, only with more freedom for targeted and broader outreach in the county. 

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