Northwest’s librarian moves to new central office position


Media specialist Natalie Strange celebrates her time at Northwest with teachers. Strange is loved by the students and teachers alike for her creativity and welcoming personality.

Shortly after Principal Ralph Kitley announced his retirement upon the return from the holiday vacation, Northwest learned they would be losing another member of their staff: media specialist and librarian Natalie Strange.

Strange completed her last day at Northwest Friday, Jan. 31. She left the school to take a position in the central office for Guilford County in library media. Strange cites her reason for leaving as a desire to improve libraries across the county.

“It was definitely a difficult decision to leave Northwest, but it’s a rare opportunity to work at central office where I can make a difference at many schools,” Strange said. 

Strange has been at Northwest for the last four years, although she previously worked as the librarian for the school from 2002 to 2007. 

Her favorite thing about working at Northwest was getting to interact with the students through the events she sponsored and ran.

“Open Mic, Battle of the Books and book club were the things I enjoyed the most,” Strange said. “Making those connections with the students has been the most fun.”

Other projects Strange worked on for Northwest’s media center include running escape rooms she designed and decorating the space with artwork.

While working with high school students was fun for Strange, she also looks forward to the opportunity to work with younger students, as well.

“Since I’ve been at both elementary and high school levels, I’m excited to work with other librarians and kids at all levels,” Strange said. 

Strange will be remembered by students for her kind and accepting nature and the atmosphere of welcomeness she instilled in the media center. 

“She’s very sweet and understanding and listens to your problems,” freshman Emily Chen said. 

In honor of Strange and her tenure at Northwest, the student council sponsored a reception Thursday, Jan. 30. The reception took place after school in the media center, where students and faculty gathered to celebrate Strange and the work she has done for the school community. 

“The students wanted to recognize Strange for making the library an inclusive place where everyone feels comfortable,” English teacher and student council adviser Alexander Wertz said. “They feel she is an asset to the school and will be missed.”

While Strange will be missed at Northwest, she hopes her presence will still be felt there and the same hospitable environment can be developed at other schools, as well.

“It’s my hope that through advocacy, we can get all of our libraries the resources they need to be comfortable places for students,” Strange said.