IUKA PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS
IUKA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2017
Gwen Spain, Librarian
Iuka Public Library
The Bill of Rights and You
The Iuka Public Library is currently hosting a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, The Bill of Rights and You, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document. The Bill of Rights and You spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens, and looks at how Americans exercise the rights outlined in the amendments. The Bill of Rights and You invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution. This exhibit runs through February 21, 2017, and every American is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The Bill of Rights and You co-curator Jennifer Johnson states:
“The Bill of Rights represents the Founder’s vision that it would be the people, through votes, that could change the Constitution with enough consensus. And when the people desired a Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments were added to our governing charter.”
The Bill of Rights and You is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.
This exhibit is brought to you in collaboration with the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
ASSISTANT 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.”