As National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is celebrated on Tuesday, let’s hear from several Cobb County public library staff members speak about their jobs and why they work here. NLWD is being observed during National Library Week 2017, April 9th-15th.
South Cobb Regional Library’s Celestine Uwechie has been in the library profession for over 60 years and has a lifelong passion for working with books. His role as a Library Technician at the South Cobb library children’s area provides him opportunities to guide young children to develop reading and literacy skills at an early age, said Uwechie, who earned master’s degrees in library science and education.
“I enjoy teaching students how to use the library and how everything works,” Uwechie said, adding he is especially gratified helping children learn at their own pace and to have fun reading.
Dedra Roman, a Youth Services Librarian at South Cobb Regional Library, says she started her journey in the profession as a library volunteer and fell in love with it, receiving her master’s degree in library science to advance. It is her love of children and helping them develop a lifelong interest in books at a young age that makes her job so enjoyable.
“I have always had a passion for helping people, and I just love libraries,” Roman said.
Lycia Williams, a Library Technician at Stratton Library, has been working at the library part time for two years and enjoys assisting others. “I really like meeting and helping all different kinds of people.”
Maggie Thomas, a Switzer Library employee of three years, says that her interest in books started early. Her first job in middle school was shelving books after school. She has an affinity for history and research, and that passion is a motivating factor in her career as she serves as a library assistant in the Georgia Room.
“I come to work every day because I love what I do,” said Thomas, who has an bachelor’s degree in history and is currently working on getting her master’s degree in library science.
Stratton Library’s Angela Mbagwu has worked in the Cobb County Public Library System for five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer information and a master’s degree in library science. She specializes in making sure people are happy and satisfied. “I love to help people and I love to see the appreciation they have for our library.”
Susan Kendall is a South Cobb library volunteer serving after she retired almost one year ago from her role as Vinings Library branch manager. She enjoys the fun, positive work culture at the library and is ready to contribute by joining in library events.
“Throw a reading party at me, and I’m there,” Kendall said.
Ellyne James, a part-time employee at Stratton Library for four years, retired from her role as a speech pathologist before joining the library staff.
“I like interacting with the public,” she said. “With the library there is always a new learning experience around the corner.”
National Library Workers Day – Libraries work because we do!