Meet your Librarian

Meet Karen Hansen-Smith, Senior Community Library Manager at Clayton

Karen Hansen-SmithKaren Hansen-Smith cannot imagine being in any other profession. She is the Senior Community Library Manager at the Clayton branch. Her favorite things about the library are interacting with patrons and assisting with their information needs, finding just the right book and showing people all the library has to offer.

Karen grew up in Denmark and decided to pursue a career in library services around age fifteen.

“I attended the public school system in Denmark all the way through library school and in Denmark it was all tuition free.”

Karen has been with the Contra Costa County Library for 26 years and has worked in the San Ramon, Pleasant Hill and Martinez branches as well.

In her free time she enjoys gardening and walks with her 16-year-old beagle, Hans.