About the Library Director
Meet Misty Gray, our library director
Misty Gray joined the Storm Lake Public Library team in June 2006. Prior to moving to Storm Lake, Misty lived in New Hampton, Iowa where she worked for ISU Extension Chickasaw County and FMC Community Empowerment as a literacy coordinator covering three counties. Misty graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in December 2005 with a Master of Arts in School Library Media Studies.
Misty is originally from Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas and home to the Dallas Cowboys. Despite, or perhaps in spite of, living in close proximity to the "boys in blue", Misty has never been a Cowboy fan. She roots for the Miami Dolphins, a brave admission given their record. Her husband would tell you that Misty hasn't been a true Dolphin fan since Dan Marino retired. While she would claim some truth to this, Misty would likely site the true reason for her discontent with Miami beginning when Jimmie Johnson was hired to replace Don Schula. She may not be a Cowboy fan, but she lived in Irving when the debacle with Tom Landry took place. Misty also likes the Indianapolis Colts.
Beyond football, Misty enjoys spending time with her family. Her husband, Travis, is a huge football fan and is involved in fantasy football and playing football games in online leagues. Misty's two children attend school in Storm Lake and participate in school sports, band, and orchestra. The family enjoys camping in the summer.
As one may assume for a librarian, Misty is a voracious reader. She is known to read several books at a time. Misty may be in the process of reading as many as seven or eight books at any given time. Misty reads books in print and in audio form. She prefers to listen to nonfiction audiobooks and read fiction in paper form, although well done fiction audiobooks are coveted treats. Misty wouldn't identify herself as a nonfiction reader, but this is not true. She works very hard to read a wide variety of material. Left to her own devices, Misty would exclusively read YA fiction, her preferred genre. Perhaps this means she's young at heart...