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We wanted to properly introduce you to our new professional Children’s Librarian. Kathy comes to us from Benbrook Library where she worked as a volunteer coordinator for years and received her degree, advancing to a professional position there. We are so happy to have Ms. Kathy and we want everyone to know a little about her and provide her the warmest of welcomes! We asked Kathy to answer a few fun questions so you could get to know her a bit personally and professionally.

 What’s your job title and what sort of duties do you do most at work?  I am the Children’s Librarian and I will work with children and their families in finding the items that they are looking for. I will be directing the Children’s library programs and coordinating with other library services.

 Do you have any mentors in your professional life? I have two mentors that work as Librarians at the Benbrook Public Library. Cullen Dansby is their Adult Services Librarian and Miranda Bauer is their Children’s Librarian.

 What was your first paying job? My first paying job was at the Cabell County Public Library in Huntington West Virginia as a Children’s Library Clerk.

 What’s the best place you’ve traveled to? The best place I’ve traveled to was Denver Colorado. Denver is a fantastic place to visit.

 What animal would you consider your spirit animal? I would consider my spirit animal to be a mustang horse. I have energy and spirit to be more creative. I have focus and energy most of the time. As your Children’s Librarian, I can explore ideas with staff and feel the freedom of being creative.

 What’s something you’re proud of? I am proud to have earned my Master degree in Library Science from University of North Texas in 2017.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?  I enjoy gardening and hiking on the weekends.

Do you have any pets? I have two cats that actually own me! Their names are Little Man and Sheba Reba.

Coffee or tea? I LOVE tea. I can drink any type of tea.

Have you ever met anyone famous? I met Red Skelton, the comedian in Myrtle Beach in his clown shop in 1979 while traveling with my parents and brother. I remember he was a very funny man and I watched his weekly TV shows with my family. I DID GET HIS AUTOGRAPH (WHICH I STILL HAVE) and we bought one of his figurine clowns.

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? I enjoy visiting friends, relatives and walking in the city  parks.

Which historical figure would you most like to meet? Colin Powell. Mr. Powell passed away in October of 2021. He was a former United State Secretary of State.

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