Patrons Your Library Serves:
What was your first library job?
My first library job was in the small school of Bright Star K–12, that was later annexed into the Fouke School District. I had two libraries, and served all grades. I later moved to the Fouke campus, first to middle school and then to high school where I presently serve 320 students.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I get to inspire a love for reading, and an appreciation for literature every day. I get to teach students how and where to find information, and how to cite this information properly. I get to know my students in a non-threatening way — I don’t give them grades! I have time to chat with them informally as I find out their interests and know what titles to suggest to them.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by seeing the eyes of my patrons light up when that book they’ve been waiting for is finally available, when they come back to tell me what a great book I suggested for them, and when they sigh with satisfaction (and relief) as their research papers are finished.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I love to sing and play the piano. I have a great sense of humor.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
My best day at the library was when the 9-year-old boy who started the year thinking he couldn’t read, started reading books on third grade level after discovering he could read, and developed a love for reading.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would knock out walls and enlarge the library first. Then, I would lay carpet and replace all the tables, chairs and computers with new tables, new chairs, and a computer cart. I would set up a new comfortable reading area with inviting sectionals and chairs.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
Hopefully, with the improvements listed above, and with an eBook device area also.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Never stop learning and improving!