Winn Parish Library Director Priscilla Massey spoke to the Kiwanis Club, Tuesday, September 27th. She has been at her new job for almost 2 months and she said she felt she was settling in well. Massey said it was a great feeling to be back in the community. She has worked in Jonesboro at Jackson Parish Library for 7 years. She did not live in Jonesboro but drove back and forth but it is a different feeling to live and work in your community. She had also previously worked at the Winn Parish Library for 12 years as a technical specialist. She is currently working on the budget for next year.
September is Library card sign-up and Ms. Massey brought library cards and applications for those members who did not have a library card. Then she talked about the Libby app which can be downloaded on your phone, pad, kindle or computer which allows you to check out e-books, audio books, and periodicals (magazines) with your library card. The library offers access to books, periodicals, audio books, newspapers and DVDs. There are also basic office services such as copies, faxes, wi-fi and access to computers. There are currently new computers for the staff,library customers and branch libraries that are waiting to be installed. The library has a meeting room that can be used for many kinds of meetings that are open to the public. You reserve it in advance. The library is a community center used for special programming, crafts and other activities. Their motto is serving the community. They believe in the value of partnerships.
There are 4 branch libraries-Atlanta, Calvin, Dodson and Sikes. They are associated with the schools except for Sikes that no longer has a school. Each branch has a manager. There are 8 employees in the main branch in Winnfield making a total of 8 employees.
The library is also part of an on-line data base provided by the state library. The library’s website WinnLibrary.org will take you to many different places. One of those places is homeworkla.org which provides students and adults with homework help.
Many of the members signed up for a library card before they left the meeting. We are very happy that Ms. Massey is our new Winn Parish Library Director.