Wow! That’s really all I can say about my first three months at Fayette County Public Library. I’ve had a chance to get to know all of the staff members, the Board Members, and many community members. I have rarely felt so welcome. I truly appreciate it.
I was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana so working in Fayette County is a bit like coming home. I graduated from Herron School of Art (quite a while ago) and I continue to paint, often teaching classes, so I am definitely looking forward to collaborating with the Whitewater Valley Arts Association on projects. After graduating from Herron School of Art, while working on my Master’s Degree (first in Education and finally in Library Science) I eventually started working as the Librarian in the Rauh Memorial Library at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. I had always enjoyed going to the library and I really fell in love with librarianship.
Since my first library job, at Herron, as a library aide, I have worked in almost every job available in a library. I have been a library clerk, a reference librarian, a cataloger, a children’s librarian, a library department head, and I’ve been a library director a few times. I’ve worked at a small library (Rushville Public Library), a medium-sized library, and a large library. Altogether, I have more than twenty-five years of experience.
Recently, we’ve had some truly once in a lifetime events taking place in Connersville The library is a wonderful resource for community members. How lucky most of us are to have all of the wonderful resources available to us for so little cost! It’s easy to take it for granted.
I’m so happy that I arrived as the Library Director just in time to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Connersville. Because of the Bicentennial, in recent weeks our community has had the opportunity to celebrate some truly once in a lifetime events, such as the Bicentennial Birthday Party which included a visit from John Conner and the opening of the time capsule. I’m thrilled that the library was able to host the Birthday Party and will be participating in more events this summer. There will be events taking place downtown during the entire celebration week from Friday, June 28 – Sunday, July 7, 2013.
This summer we will be celebrating “Dig Into Reading”. Our Summer Reading Program is always a special event with programs and other fun activities, plus the chance to earn incentives for reading. It’s for all ages. Each registrant will receive a bag of “goodies” and will have the opportunity to share book reviews with other readers.
The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage people to read and to take advantage of the services of the public library throughout the summer. Moreover, study after study has shown that summer reading helps students maintain (and even improve) their reading skills and school performance while on break from school. Make sure you register!