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Library employee wins statewide award

By Ashley Hodge Staff writer   Carol Ann Beadles, Support Services Administrator for the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System was named an “Outstanding Employee” at the most recent meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association.  Library Director Jay Stephens and Chairman Bee Espy recognized Beadles with the award at the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System Library Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting Tuesday evening.  Every year the Virginia Public Library Directors Association accepts nominations for various statewide awards for public libraries and public library employees.  These awards are usually given out at the association’s annual spring meeting.   Stephens nominated Beadles for the award.   “She did an outstanding job keeping the library system running smoothly after the previous director and branch manager resigned, and she has been a great help to me since I arrived,” Stephens said.   Board member Judy Ward, who gave Beadles flowers as a token of her appreciation said, “We value you so much for the library and I think that award is very deserving.”  “Thank you all so much. I was shocked to receive this award. I couldn’t believe it,” said Beadles.  In other business Tuesday evening, the library board approved a tentative FY2015 operating budget so the director can “start planning for next year.”   The budget included level funding from the localities and an increase in state aid from last year.  Last year the library system received $101,783 from the state and this year Stephens said he is expecting that to rise to around $113,766 or greater.  Overall, the director is expecting the library system to “receive or take-in” roughly $424,066 and the total expenditures is budged as $424,066.  Board members also discussed recommendations for next year such as promoting the book club more, creating a display for related books that someone may enjoy if they enjoy a popular book and creating a display of staff picked books.  The board also approved changes to their strategic plan Tuesday evening. Stephens recommended taking out “restore Friday hours” because the hours have been restored and to change the wording from course offerings to programs to “add more flexibility.”  Stephens also gave an update from the Virginia Public Library Association meeting. He told the board that a lobbyist is suggesting as a way to get more funding, libraries consider creating new programs to market to the legislative committee to receive more funds.  The library director also gave a statistical report and his director’s report.    Branch Manager Chris Thompson also gave his report. He told board members he has increased the number of computer classes and the class sizes. The next computer class is scheduled for May 20 at the South Boston Public Library.  Thompson also said he plans to teach a social media class sometime in the summer.  The next library board meeting will be June 10 at 4:30 at the South Boston Public Library. (Ashley Hodge/Gazette-Virginian)

Carol Ann Beadles, Support Services Administrator for the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System was named an “Outstanding Employee” at the most recent meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. 

Library Director Jay Stephens and Chairman Bee Espy recognized Beadles with the award at the Halifax County South Boston Public Library System Library Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting Tuesday evening. 

Every year the Virginia Public Library Directors Association accepts nominations for various statewide awards for public libraries and public library employees.  These awards are usually given out at the association’s annual spring meeting.  

Stephens nominated Beadles for the award.  

“She did an outstanding job keeping the library system running smoothly after the previous director and branch manager resigned, and she has been a great help to me since I arrived,” Stephens said.  

Board member Judy Ward, who gave Beadles flowers as a token of her appreciation said, “We value you so much for the library and I think that award is very deserving.” 

“Thank you all so much. I was shocked to receive this award. I couldn’t believe it,” said Beadles. 

In other business Tuesday evening, the library board approved a tentative FY2015 operating budget so the director can “start planning for next year.”  

The budget included level funding from the localities and an increase in state aid from last year. 

Last year the library system received $101,783 from the state and this year Stephens said he is expecting that to rise to around $113,766 or greater. 

Overall, the director is expecting the library system to “receive or take-in” roughly $424,066 and the total expenditures is budged as $424,066.

 Board members also discussed recommendations for next year such as promoting the book club more, creating a display for related books that someone may enjoy if they enjoy a popular book and creating a display of staff picked books.

 The board also approved changes to their strategic plan Tuesday evening. Stephens recommended taking out “restore Friday hours” because the hours have been restored and to change the wording from course offerings to programs to “add more flexibility.” 

Stephens also gave an update from the Virginia Public Library Association meeting. He told the board that a lobbyist is suggesting as a way to get more funding, libraries consider creating new programs to market to the legislative committee to receive more funds. 

The library director also gave a statistical report and his director’s report.   

Branch Manager Chris Thompson also gave his report. He told board members he has increased the number of computer classes and the class sizes. The next computer class is scheduled for May 20 at the South Boston Public Library. 

Thompson also said he plans to teach a social media class sometime in the summer.  

The next library board meeting will be June 10 at 4:30 at the South Boston Public Library.