New Director

Library Friends,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to the Coalfield community for those who may not know me. I am a long-time resident that graduated from Coalfield School. My education includes: valedictorian of my high school graduating class, an associate degree from Roane State Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. I believe in being a life-long learner and striving to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

My love for libraries began as far back as I can remember. I went on a field trip to the Historic Harriman Carnegie Library as a child for story time. I knew then that the library would be a favorite place for me. As a young girl, my grandmother, Cassie Woods, took me to Dot Byrd’s “Smallest Library in the U.S.” in Coalfield. I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series from there. Around that time, I remember reading Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. I loved the idea of escaping into an adventure while I read books.

As a student at Coalfield School, I recall two important mentors in library and literary skills. Ms. Rhonda Strang and Ms. Mona Justice. I enjoyed being in the library to do research, write papers, read the newspaper, and other things. The library was a peaceful place, full of information that I needed and wanted to know.
When I was a college student and found myself far away from home for the first time at Tennessee Technological University, the library was my refuge and place of peace once again. When I became homesick, I walked from my dorm room over to the campus library to do homework, read or use their computers. It brought me comfort to be in the library.

I have enjoyed libraries in every town I have lived in, and in towns that I’ve visited while on vacation. These are some of the reasons why I am so grateful to serve as the Coalfield Public Library Director. I will be able to help my community and be a part of a place I care so much about – the public library.

As the library director, I will continue many of the same programs that the Coalfield Public Library has done in the past, plus several more. I am conducting an informal survey on community library suggestions including (1) what days and times patrons prefer and (2) program suggestions for what the community would like to see at the library. So stop by the library and give your feedback or message us your suggestions here!

Angie Hunter

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