About the Library Staff

Meet our staff.


Julie Folken, Library Director

Julie Folken and her husband live in rural Aplington with their two yellow “twin” labs who travel the county side without supervision.  Julie is originally from Minnesota and moved to Waterloo in 2000.  She has family in the Waterloo area and has fond memories of eating Strawberry Twist Cones at the original Four Queens during breaks from schoolJulie has worked at Girls Club managing the K-1 program, Group Respite & Summer School programs for EPI and most recently marketing and development at The Presbyterian Village.  Besides a love for reading, Julie also enjoys spending time with family and traveling.      

Stephanie Schipper, Library Assistant

Originally from the Grinnell area, Stephanie moved to Aplington in 2013.  Her passion is early childhood education and she was employed for 15 years at a day care in Grinnell.  She is married to Dan Schipper and has three children, Mickella, Bryce and Briggs.  Activities Stephanie enjoys include spending time with her large family, walking, shopping, and gardening.  

Eileen Krusey, Library Assistant

Although Eileen and her husband Ron, spent a few years living in Northwest Iowa after graduating from Northwestern, she has lived most of her years near Aplington.  She began working at the library in 2006.  She and Ron are the parents of three children, Brandon, Erin, and Michelle, and grandparents to 11 children.  Spending time with her family, sewing, music, biking, and reading are some of her favorite leisure activities.

Renise Frey, Library Assistant

Julia Schiller, Library Aide

Alexis Karsjens, Library Aide

An Aplington-Parkersburg native for all her life, Alexis began working at the Aplington Public Library during the early summer months of 2014.  Alexis is the daughter of Prentice and Julie Karsjens.    Alexis enjoys reading, writing in her spare time, classic movies, dance, and spending time with her family.  She is studying literature, writing and history while attending college to hopefully someday achieve her dream of becoming a published freelance writer.