People & Happenings

After a short hiatus, People & Happenings is back!

Have you recently received a promotion? Has your library system hired new staff? Is your building undergoing a renovation or are you adding a new location? Or do you want to celebrate your staff's hard work on a recent event? VLA wants to know!

Anyone in Virginia can share their library updates to be posted on our “People & Happenings” page. Send your news in by the 15th of each month. Please keep your news items brief and please do include any relevant photographs, such as headshots for people and in-progress shots of renovations and new buildings. Please send your items to vlaContentSubmissions@gmail.com.


October/November/December 2016

People

Appomattox Regional Library System

Brian ManningBRIAN MANNING has been named as the new Regional Library Director for the Appomattox Regional Library System, serving the city of Hopewell, town of McKenney, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County. Manning formerly served as Deputy Director of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in North Carolina, a post he held from August 2008 until coming to ARLS in July 2016. Prior to entering the library profession, the graduate of Washington & Lee University Law School was a civil law attorney. He received his MLS in 2006 at North Carolina Central University.

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August/September 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Lynda BaerAfter a 31-year career, LYNDA BAER retired from her adult programmer position on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, which also happened to be her birthday. She also steps down after serving 4 years as president of the Friends of Chatham, a non-profit that she started in conjunction with the National Park Service to support historic Chatham Manor in Stafford County. She will continue to volunteer with Chatham and also has plans to start a Unit for Professional Parliamentarians in the Fredericksburg area. With her continued activities in the Daughters of the American Revolution and visits to see her daughter in Brooklyn, New York, Lynda will have fulfilling retirement.

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May/June/July 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Rebecca PurdyAs of July 1, REBECCA PURDY has been promoted to Deputy Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). Rebecca began shelving books in CRRL’s children’s room while she was a sophomore in high school and returned as a teen librarian after earning her Master of Library Science. She most recently held the position of Youth Services Coordinator at CRRL. Rebecca is a member of VLA and ALA, serving on multiple committees for both organizations through the years, and she has recently been selected to attend the 2016 ALA Leadership Institute. 

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March/April 2016

People

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Craig GrazianoCRAIG GRAZIANO has been appointed as Youth Services Manager of the England Run Branch. He has worked at the CRRL since 2002 when he started as a Page. For the past 5 years he has been working as a Young Adult Librarian at England Run. Craig has developed strong relationships in the Fredericksburg arts community and enjoys bringing in artists for chalk murals and musicians for teen library events. He has also been actively involved in the England Run MakerLab and planning STEM activities for children. As an undergraduate he was an English major and received his BA from the University of Mary Washington. He earned his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.

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