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Library branch manager resigns

South Boston Library Branch Manager Jessika Pettit is going home to Tennessee.

Halifax County-South Boston library board members accepted her resignation Tuesday during their monthly meeting.

According to Library Director Joe Zappacosta, Pettit recently decided to explore another business opportunity and will be moving back to her hometown of Jefferson City, Tenn. 

Her last day with the library will be Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Ironically, it was two years ago when Pettit came to the local library from a library post she had held in South Boston, Mass. where she had worked in the teen room in the main branch of the library.

At her job here, she was responsible for managing operations at the South Boston branch library.

A native of Jefferson City, Tenn., Pettit said she was drawn to the job at the South Boston library because it offered her a chance to help others.

She has been doing that for the past two years, and doing it well, according to Zappacosta.

“We plan to look for a replacement for her in the next two months. I hope to have an ad out to the newspapers and library job boards by the end of August. We will accept applications until the end of September. I hope to begin interviewing qualified candidates by the beginning of October and have someone hired by the end of the month,” said Zappacosta.

The director said he plans to split his time between the libraries in Halifax and South Boston three days a week until a new branch manager is hired.

In other business Tuesday, board members heard more details about the Play and Learning Story hour (PALS), and Zappacosta advised board members Sue Brooks had been hired to serve as the early literacy specialist. Brooks will work part-time 15 hours a week, and her story times will begin Aug. 20. 

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax Public Library.