Sherry Blomeley, Cobb libraries’ Regional Manager for the West Cobb Region since 2007 and a Librarian with Cobb County for over 30 years, is retiring on Friday, January 6.

 

With an Anthropology degree in hand from Florida Presbyterian College and an unclear idea of what to do next, Blomeley got the idea to pursue a degree in Library Science from her college roommate, and they ended up going to graduate school together at Emory. Although Blomeley started her career working in special libraries, after a while she tired of the corporate world and decided the public library would be a better fit, beginning with Sweetwater Valley in 1986. Blomeley said the biggest difference she noticed about Sweetwater Valley was “how driven the staff was to help people grow and enjoy things, compared to a corporate library where the sole purpose was to improve the company’s bottom line.” She would also work at South Cobb and Kemp Memorial before ultimately moving to West Cobb Regional library when it opened in 2001. She has served as manager of the West Cobb Region for ten years. The region includes the West Cobb, Acworth, Kennesaw and Kemp libraries.
Sherry Blomeley in front of a model on the left made for her by a Kemp Library patron of the N.S. Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo ship.

 

Throughout her career, Blomeley has enjoyed watching patrons learn and grow. “Helping people achieve a-ha moments is very satisfying,” she says. One example of growth during her tenure is an elementary school-aged girl who started visiting the library when the girl’s family moved to West Cobb, who is now attending library school herself.

West Cobb Regional Library Manager Steve Powell says he appreciates Blomeley’s “calm and professional demeanor and her ability to juggle being a colleague and mentor at the same time, all while managing the region. Sherry has a positive and encouraging attitude towards staff and always does what she can to help staff members succeed.”

Angie Bozeman, Head of Adult Services at West Cobb Regional Library, remembers working with Blomeley before the library opened, when “there were boxes all over the place and no furniture. We were both at West Cobb from day one, and I will truly miss working with her, especially on Monday nights.”

Blomeley will be moving to Ellijay upon retirement, where she will keep her mother company in the mountain community. When asked what she will miss most about the job, Blomeley replied, “Certainly it will be the people I work with and the patrons.” She looks forward to “reading fluffy books” as well as relaxing and getting re-involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, where she spent 21 years teaching boating safety and recruiting for the Coast Guard Academy.

Sherry Blomeley: 30 Years of Service for Cobb Libraries
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