Originally from Brooklyn, New York, and having lived in Berkeley, California, Yvette Ausby has always found the library a place of refuge and it has been an integral part of her life. She loves to help others and see people meet challenges and achieve goals, making her a perfect fit in the Learning Resources Lab at Sandhills. Enjoying genealogy research over the past 12 years, Yvette researches for herself and others. She loves “walking with the ancestors” as she discovers life stories. “I have learned that I am an Afro-Antillean – meaning that I descend not only from Africa but from West Indian workers or ‘Silver People’ who immigrated to Panama in order to work on the canal, with deep roots in Moore County.” When asked what makes Sandhills a special place to work, Yvette unhesitatingly says, “Hands down, it is simply the people.” She also likes being part of something bigger than herself and being able to bring something of value to those she assists each day.