Quackers plans to stay put with
Ms. Sue in North Logan's library
BIRD LOVERS: Kids at
the North Logan Library adore Quackers and his human,
librarian Sue Randleman.
By Erin Wadsworth
December 5, 2006 | NORTH LOGAN -- The city library
comes to life on Thursdays and Fridays as Sue Randleman
and Quackers delight kids of all ages.
Randleman has been a children's entertainer since
her days working at a local library in her hometown
of Long Island, N.Y. She originally discovered her talent
for ventriloquism in the early 1970s with an old brown
"The kids really believed in him even though he was
on my hand," said Randleman, "and the more that I saw
that they believed in him, it encouraged me hone my
skills as a ventriloquist."
She soon acquired a larger puppet, Firdie the Birdie,
but it was in 1984 when she met and fell in love with
Quackers at a library convention in Dallas, Texas. Randleman
always enjoys the light that comes to a child's eyes
when they get to read with Quackers.
"I wish I could have a camera with me so that I could
see their faces," said Randleman. "I'm so busy thinking
about what I am doing that I can't really pay attention
to their facial expressions."
It was the job that brought Randleman to North Logan.
The fact that it was a position that would still allow
her to work with children and also direct the entire
library, made her feel like this was where she belonged.
Her library career began at the age of 15 in an old
Presbyterian church that had been converted into a library
at the east end of Long Island. It was here she learned
the ins and outs of the library workplace, everything
from checking books out to shelving them. In the time
following her first job she offered her services in
a library in the neighboring town of Southold, N.Y.
where she worked while she completed her college education.
During her time finishing her masters in library science
the library director offered her the position of full
time children's librarian. From there she held many
positions including branch manager in a library in San
Antonio, Texas. She has been in North Logan since June
of 1997 and has plans to stay put.
"I drive home and I see horses, I see cows, I see
beautiful scenery and most other places you wouldn't
see that," said Randleman. "I love it here. When I came
here I felt like I had been here all the time."
Story time with Quackers remains a North Logan tradition,
if you don't believe that just ask the multitudes of
parents and children that show up to see the duo every
time. A child's response to Quackers is what Ranldeman
looks forward to the most, they both enjoy their little
"That connection that we make with children and with
stories is, I think, something that encourages them
to want to learn how to read, and to feel good about
coming to the library."
Ms. Sue and Quackers can be seen on Thursdays and
Fridays at 11 a.m. in the North Logan City Library meeting