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Table Talk salutes National Library Week with insiders' look

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

Have you ever wondered what librarians read when they aren't helping others choose just the right book? The April 16 Table Talk presented by the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library explores that subject. Three local library staff members -- Director Erin Stringer, Youth Services Coordinator Lindsey Miller and Circulation and Cataloging Coordinator Wil'lani Turner -- join Joy Garretson of the Mississippi Library Commission to delve into the world of best sellers and undiscovered gems. 

 

Library Director Stringer related that "The books that we'll talk about range from children's and teen books to adult books. We all read fiction and non-fiction so there will be a mixture of both of those." 

 

"As the circulation and cataloging coordinator for the library, Wil'lani gets to see all the new books when they come into the library," Stringer said. "She also handles the readers' advisory for library users." 

 

"If you are interested in what's the latest and best in children's books, the go-to source is our youth services coordinator, Lindsey, who gets to enjoy that fun world of books which begins with infants' earliest encounters with books to the vibrant, growing genre of young adult literature," Stringer added. 

 

"This special glimpse into the professional librarian's personal preferences is part of our effort to help highlight National Library Week," said Friends member Jo Shumake. "The theme for the April 13-19 celebration is 'Lives change at your library,' and I know that many of us have found that to be more than an empty slogan. 

 

"I hope other readers and library users will join us at this special program and take the opportunity to thank the dedicated professionals at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library for their outstanding service to the community," Shumake concluded. 

 

Table Talks are presented on Wednesdays in April at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea.

 

 

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