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Samantha Layne


Student and part-time librarian

Samantha Layne, 19, of Enterprise is a new county resident and is jumping in with both feet.

She began her new job at Enterprise Public Library in mid-July and was on her own at the front desk by the end of the month. The learning curve has been going amazingly well, she said.

Samantha is the daughter of Samuel Layne and Shannon Layne Cox. Shannon is now married to Jamie Cox who works at Department of Health Services in Wallowa County.

Samantha graduated from Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio, and began a dual major at Zane State College in Ohio. She is still studying digital media, coding and programming online.

Computer might be her bag, but libraries have always been very important.

“I’ve always loved libraries, ever since I was in first grade going to my first summer reading programs — it’s always been like a home to me,” she said.

Samantha says she doesn’t do sports at all, but she loves disc golf and walking.

Q. Why move to Wallowa County?

A. My mom and step-dad moved here in April from Alabama. I was in Ohio. I wanted a new start I guess. I knew it was beautiful and a small town. I grew up in a small town, so it wasn’t much different except I got to see mountains here and people are friendly. I love it. It’s just gorgeous here for sure.

Q. It’s early, but can you say Wallowa County has taught you anything?

“You get away from most of the negativity you see in larger cities. Just distancing yourself is a big help. And then you meet people who like to see you and light up. I prefer this county over everything I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a nice change. I was living in a city the size of La Grande. They were not friendly at all, and I don’t miss the congestion or any of that. Everyone I’ve met here is so friendly — it reminds me of a town you would see on the Hallmark Channel.

Q. Can you remember a book you read that really had an impact on you? And can you recommend a book you’ve read recently?

A. I can remember one that definitely made an impact. “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” by Mitch Albom. This was my freshman or sophomore year in high school. It was beautiful because the whole time Morrie was going through ALS, he still had this upbeat attitude about life. He never let it bring him down.

A recent book I can recommend is the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams — a classic but really cool. I like the different perspectives and how each book in it is completely different but so similar. It was originally broadcast in Britain as a radio talk show. There’s an Anniversary Edition available here in the library.


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