Meet The Staff

The staff at the Hayden Public Library is dedicated to ensuring that our patrons’ experiences
at the library are great ones! Please contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

Ana Lash

Ana Lash stands in front of plants and pumpkins

Library Director

Ana Lash was born in Nevada, but is really an Arizona “native.” She moved to Colorado for this Library Director job! Having never seen or walked in snow, it was a life-changing decision. She began working in a public library in Casa Grande, Arizona part time and graduated from Central Arizona College, Arizona State University with a degree in Liberal Arts/English, and a post baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University after her kids got older. She was fortunate to be offered a chance to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in a newly created program called “Knowledge River” which was designed to help librarians who worked with minorities (which in Hayden, Arizona, she did!). She moved to Hayden, Colorado in September of 2004. She says, “it has been wonderful living and learning about this beautiful town and state.” Libraries and reading have always been her passion.

Jill Modesitt

Library Assistant

2 truths and a lie
– Spent 2 years teaching and living in Shanghai
– Adores greyhounds… and all pups really 🙂
– Never had a cup of coffee

Libby Beach

Library Assistant

My name is Libby Beach. A native of Colorado. I grew in Southwestern Colorado exploring the Ute Mountain Ute Indian reservation and all of its historical sites as well as the La Plata and San Juan mountain ranges.  I love the outdoors and you can find me there almost every weekend.  Some of my favorite activities include camping, hiking, and kayaking.  I absolutely love reading and I make my way through about 150 books a year and I just love finding all of the new and interesting titles at the library, but my greatest pleasure on Earth is the time that I get to spend with my grandchildren.

Abby Cadenhead

Miss Abby Cadenhead poses with dog

Library Assistant

Abby has lived in Hayden since she was two years old, graduating from Hayden High School in 2017. She now attends college at CNCC in Craig as well as working part time at Hayden Public Library. She spends much of her time crafting and writing stories, and is working toward becoming a published author. She also enjoys drawing (especially with colored pencils), sculpting, and painting. Prior to working at the library, Abby volunteered at a therapeutic riding center for five years, helping mentally, emotionally, and physically challenged clients ride and enjoy horses. The most memorable lesson she learned in those years was how to respect people by meeting them at their level, whatever their level is and however it may be different.

Stephanie Williams

Library Assistant

Stephanie has lived in Hayden for over eight years. She is the mother of two wild little boys and is married to a third generation Haydenite.

Robin Bush

Library Assistant

Robin in a longtime native of the Yampa Valley. She grew up in Steamboat Springs and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School, before earning a Bachelor Degree in Science/Minor in Education from Western State College in Gunnison. She went on to earn a Masters in Education at Grand Canyon University. Recently, she retired from teaching, after 10 years in Steamboat and 21 years with the Hayden Schools. She enjoys almost anything outdoors; hiking, camping, fishing, gardening as well as spending time with her husband, mother, kids & grandkids.