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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 04/09/14
Sally Smith became Ray Township's new Library Director on April 1.
(Observer photo by Stacy Sobotka)
New Ray library director plans to bring new ideas
by STACY SOBOTKAThe Ray Township Library has a new library director.
Observer Special Writer
Sally Smith started her new position as Library Director on April 1. She replaces outgoing Library Director Suzanne Graham.
Prior to coming to Ray Township, Smith worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she was a reference librarian for five and a half years. She also worked at Harper Woods Public Library and Canton Public Library as a children's librarian.
Smith has a Master's Degree in Library Science from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor's in English and Psychology from Kalamazoo College.
The reason Smith chose Ray Township as the next step in her career? She missed working at public libraries and interacting with their patrons. She also wanted to work at a smaller library.
"I was in a college library for a number of years, and I always missed having public library contacts," she said. "I always wanted to come back to a public library, so I decided to apply here, and I really like the idea of a small library where I get to do a little bit of everything and really get to know the patrons."
Larger public libraries don't always allow librarians to get to know their patrons.
"A big library like Canton, you can't get to know everybody because it's so huge; there's so many people coming and going all the time and you can never get to know them," said Smith.
Smith's first goal as the new library director is to get to know the library and the community. After that, special activities for children and adults alike are planned.
"I would really like to see the children's programs re-invigorated, started up again. I know there hasn't been a story time for a while and I would like to start a toddler story time, probably ages 18 months up to about three years old. That would probably be in the fall," she said. "For adult programming, we hope to have an adult summer reading program along with the children's program."