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March Librarian Spotlight
Assistant Librarian, Iuka Public Library
Kristen Frazier’s favorite part of her job as the Assistant Librarian at the Iuka Library is helping others find the perfect book. Since beginning work at the library, she has prided herself on being able to track down just the right book for her Iuka patrons. Kristen believes in bringing a personal touch to her job as she tries to keep series lists on her desk so she can request more for her patrons so that they never run out of things to read. Since beginning her new role in 2015, Kristen has become very knowledgeable about historical fiction, Christian fiction and how to acquire titles in large print format.
Prior to becoming Assistant Librarian in May 2015, Kristen worked as the Night Clerk at the Iuka Library as well as volunteering during special events such as the Summer Reading Program. She graduated from Tishomingo County High School in 2011 and has taken some classes at the University of North Alabama.
Kristen says her reading interests change daily. She enjoys reading almost all fiction genres although contemporary Young Adult titles are her favorite. Kristen considers herself a very handy person so the “Do-It-Yourself” books are her favorite non-fiction choices. Kristen also absolutely loves any children’s book by Mo Williams. “Elephant and Piggie are the greatest characters”, she says.
Kristen loves learning about new things. Currently, she’s been learning how to crochet. She considers herself a video game nerd as she spends most of her time outside the library playing video games. Her other hobbies include art and spending time outdoors. She loves camping, hiking and exploring even though she doesn’t get to do them very often.
Kristen and her husband Jared love their children – three dogs named Lou Lou, Gertie, and Tony and their cat, named CAT. Kristen’s future plans are to attend the University of Southern Mississippi to start working towards a degree in Library and Information Science.
Kristen’s favorite quote about libraries is by Doris Lessing: “With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.”
New Corinth Librarian Cody Daniel
The Northeast Regional Library is pleased to announce Cody Daniel as the new Head Librarian at the Corinth Public Library.
Cody has a place in his heart for Northeast Mississippi. He grew up in Iuka and attended high school in Corinth, where he has lived since his return from college in 2008. He is a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi and has worked with the Northeast Regional Library for a total of five years, most recently as the Assistant Librarian. Before that, he worked as a library clerk for two years. Cody has also taught English at Corinth High School.
Cody is a strong supporter of culture and the arts in Corinth. He serves on the board of both LINK and the Crossroads Poetry Project, and he has been active with the Corinth Shakespeare Club for several years. When he is not at the library, you might also find him onstage at Corinth Theatre-Arts; he was in Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues in 2013. Cody is often a visitor of local schools as well, either as a judge for book fairs, or as a performer with the Crossroads Poetry Project.
Of course, as a librarian, he has a love of reading as well. When asked about his favorite genres, he said that his first choice is either ‘supernatural thriller’ or ‘armchair theology’. “Stephen King and C.S. Lewis are two of my favorite authors. As of last month, though, I’ve been on a ‘Star Wars’ kick. I’m currently reading Paul S. Kemp’s Lords of the Sith, which gives some of the history of Darth Vader.”
Cody vividly remembers one of his first memories of the Corinth Library. “I know I was in high school, and my aunt had gotten me into reading Stephen King. I remember being in the library, looking at the Stephen King books and thinking, ‘I could get any of these. Maybe even all of these. For free!’ ” After spending more time at the library, Cody said, he soon learned that patrons can, in fact, check out as many books as they like.
Cody says that, in addition to all the free books and movies, he looks forward to seeing more of the people of Corinth. “I’ve gotten to meet people from Corinth, as well as visitors from other states, sometimes traveling from around the country to do family history research or explore Corinth’s Civil War history. It’s a pleasure to be a part of what they’re doing, and to help them with whatever they need from the library.”
Cody will also be continuing in his role as the Story Time reader for preschool children. “I love seeing the kids; reading to children, whether a story or a poem, makes you see it differently. They’ll react in very unexpected ways!” The children know him as “Mr. Cody,” and he wants to invite all children of any age to come by on Thursdays at 10:00am for Story Time. “It is geared towards children ages 2-5, but everyone is welcome to come.”
On the weekends (when not reading, that is), Cody is often visiting family or playing board games and card games with friends. He also serves as a class leader and Sunday server at St. James Catholic Church in Corinth.
Cody extends an open invitation for everybody to come to the library. “I want to meet you,” Cody said. “If you need books (or movies), if you need to write a resume, or if you just want to stop by and say hello, come visit us. We’ll be looking out for you.”
Introducing New Burnsville Librarian Charlotte Morris
The Northeast Regional Library is pleased to introduce Charlotte Morris of Burnsville as the new Burnsville librarian. Originally from Kevil, Kentucky, Charlotte’s family moved to nearby Cairo, Mississippi when she was a teenager and she has been a fixture in Tishomingo County ever since.
Charlotte received an Associate of Applied Science degree in medical assisting from NEMCC and spent her early career working in the hospital field. She has most recently worked as a substitute teacher for the Tishomingo County School District where she has made numerous contacts that will help her with her goal of strengthening community ties between the public library and the school systems.
Charlotte currently lives in the Turnpike Mountain area between Burnsville and Iuka with her husband Steve. They have three children: Jade Morris Newcomb; Haley, a student at NEMCC and Jesse, a junior at Tishomingo County High School where he is a member of the Cross Country Team. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys worshipping, reading, researching topics and spending time with family and friends.
Of her new position Charlotte relates that “I have certainly enjoyed all aspects of my job thus far. I look forward to helping the citizens of Burnsville and their children.” She encourages everyone to visit the library, which is located at 7 Norman Avenue in Burnsville. She is also happy to answer any questions at 662-427-9258.