Meet your Librarians

Helen Miller – Library Manager

Helen Miller joined the Indian River Area Library staff in August of 2017.  Having recently moved to this area from Mississippi, the position has allowed her to get to know the community and meet many of her neighbors.  Helen’s background is in printing and publishing so working in a library surrounded by books is a natural fit.

     When not at the library, Helen and her husband Rich enjoy bike riding when weather permits and enjoying the beautiful lakes and sights so abundant in Northern Michigan.  They are lucky to have family in the area as well.

     Some of the books on her top ten list include: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society; Sarah’s Key; Moloka’I; Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet; Jan Karon Mitford series and Lilian Jackson Braun Cat Who series.

Loretta Erdmann – Library Assistant

Loretta Erdmann joined the Indian River Area Library in June of 2018. She has been employed at Inland Lakes Schools over 20 years, where she had the opportunity to run the Secondary library for the past 5 years. Her love of books has made this transition very exciting and fun.

Loretta enjoys snowshoeing, kayaking, bicycling, crocheting, adult coloring, rock painting and nature walks with her dog Tabby and sometimes her cats, Lyra and Bella as well.

Some of Loretta’s favorite books include: The Stephanie Plum Series, Reindeer Moon, Scorpio Races, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Paperbag Princess.


Kelsey Rutkowski – Library Assistant

Kelsey Rutkowski joined the Indian River Area Library in January of 2020. She is currently enrolled in the Library and Information Science online graduate program at Wayne State University. She also has a B.A in Studio Art with an emphasis in Visual Studies. Kelsey has loved the library since she was little and following a career in the library was the perfect fit.

Kelsey enjoys painting, drawing, making music, hiking, exploring Northern Michigan, and playing with her two dogs, Duke and Ice Cream.

Some of Kelsey’s favorite must-read books include: The Night Circus, I’ll Give You the Sun, The Legend of Holly Claus, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.