Helena Magazine

City Hall Faces: Lisa Han

Published 9:49 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2024

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Meet Lisa Han, staff member at the Jane B. Holmes Public Library.

In 1988, Lisa Han moved to Helena to pursue a job with an engineering company, but five years ago, Han decided it was time for a change. When a position opened at the library, she applied and happily joined the team at the James B. Holmes Public Library.

As a library staff member, Han fulfills multiple roles. Her primary duties are handling marketing and programing, but she also assists with circulation, the library collection and managing volunteers.

“I love meeting and interacting with the people that visit the library,” Han said. “My job allows me to craft, color, play games, build with Legos, meet local authors, listen, and all kind of other activities.  I love to hear what our patrons are reading or watching, and if they like it or not.”

With a background in healthcare and a degree in biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, it is no surprise to learn that Han loves plants and animals.

“I think I’m very curious by nature,” Han said. “I love to explore new things, try new foods and see new places.”

She has quite a few pets that she has inherited or agreed to look after because their owner could no longer take care of them. Her menagerie features a collection of fish, frogs and dogs. In addition to caring for these animals, Han also enjoys dog sports training. She travels across the country   to compete in agility, flyball and obedience competitions.

When asked to share what she loves about living in Helena, Han shared that it was the people of Helena that makes the city what it is.

“I love the small town feeling with the family friendly atmosphere where the Helena residents are friendly, caring and welcoming to all,” Han said.