Celebrating Veterans on the Library Staff

Cheryl Deck loves working for the Library and is a proud Veteran. She served in the U.S. Army Corps from 1974-78 as a dental specialist. In the 1970’s many college programs were impacted and rather than joining a two-year waiting list, Cheryl joined the Army as a way to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. 

 “The military seemed like a great option because I could get my training quickly and paid for with only a 3-year hitch,” she explains. “It was a daring and bold decision for me at age 18 but I was ready for a challenge and the adventure of a lifetime.” 

Cheryl received her training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, and served three years at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. She says it was an interesting time for women in the military and that her experience enabled her to become the woman she is today. 

“I am very proud to have served our country. It is important to make choices in life that affect others and truly make a difference in our country and our world, Cheryl says. “I feel my children are very proud of me and I love sharing my stories and life experiences with them and others.” 

Cheryl has been with the County for 11 years, previously working for the Employment and Human Services Department. She has been with the Library for a year and a half and is currently a clerk specialist at the Ygnacio Valley Library. She enjoys assisting the public and showing patrons how to make the best use of the library. 

“I absolutely love working at the library,” she says. “I am like a personal library advocate and have encouraged all my friends to return to the library and utilize all the amazing services and events we offer.” 

In her spare time, Cheryl loves to read, go to music events, travel, and spend time with family and friends. She also has a 20-pound, orange Maine Coon mix she adores. She says she seems to have a special understanding of pets, and some have even called her “The Animal Whisperer.”