July 2015


Campbell County Public Library System

CCPLSSummerReadingThe Children’s Program Department won the Campbell County Employee Excellence award for their interpretation of last summer’s Summer Reading theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read.” VALINDA TRENT and KATIE LANE developed and became characters named “Fizz” and “Boom”. They then hosted a STEM-based “tv show” and performed with the children as a live audience.The programming was so successful that the library enjoyed record-breaking attendance and the assumption of some parents that “Fizz” and “Boom” were professionally hired by the county (which they were!). Further, Trent and Lane were invited to present at several local child development conferences on incorporating STEM into daily activities. Lastly, their programming caught the notice of a local funding initiative and resulted in a $25,000 grant annually for the next three years to grow education readiness in the most impoverished part of our county.

MICHAEL BINGHAM, MLS, has joined the staff of the CCPLS as the Circulation Supervisor at the main library in Rustburg. Mike earned his degree from the University of Alabama and is especially interested in history and technology.

Chesapeake Public Library

simpsonThe Chesapeake Public Library has a new Youth and Family Services Manager, HEATHER SIMPSON, who joined the CPL family in May 2015. Although Heather comes to us most recently from Virginia Beach Public Library, she is a CPL user and lives in Great Bridge. Her primary focus has been on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programming for young children, “Every Child Ready to Read” education classes and providing services to ‘tweens and teens. The staff is excited to have her on board.

carideoJEAN CARIDEO, manager of the Major Hillard Branch of the Chesapeake Public Library, retired on May 31, 2015, after 34½ years in the system. Jean told us in her farewell letter that she knew she was lucky to have had a job that she loved, with a mission that she believed in, working with people that she respected and admired. We agree wholeheartedly with her take on library service and working at CPL. Jean will truly be missed by her library family.

Mathews Memorial Library

headleyHAVEN HEADLEY will be the new Head of Youth Services at the Mathews Memorial Library. She will also earn her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in August 2015. She is excited to start her professional career in youth services at "an amazing library." While in school, Haven has been working for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.


Richmond Public Library

ramirezCRISTINA D. RAMIREZ, Library/Community Services Manager for the Brock Road Branch of Richmond Public Library has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors, Richmond Chapter, of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). She will also serve as a Facilitator for the VCIC Richmond Educational Equity Initiative. Ms. Ramirez has received two City of Richmond, Tri-Annual Mayor RISE Achievement Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Community.

Shenandoah County Library System

ZOE DELLINGER is the Assistant Director of the Shenandoah County Library System effective June 1, 2015. She has worked in the library system for seven years, first as a branch manager and most recently as Circulation Supervisor at the main library in Edinburg. Zoe received her BA from Mary Baldwin College and MLIS and Graduate Academic Certificate in Advanced Management in Library and Information Agencies from the University of North Texas. She was the recipient of the VLA Clara Stanley Scholarship in 2012.


Campbell County Public Library System

Construction of the new Timbrook Library is underway, with anticipated completion in December 2015, opening to the public in January 2016.

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