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Librarian eager to enjoy small town life

The newly hired 29-year-old South Boston Library Branch Manager, Chris Thompson of Warrington, N.C., is excited to come to work in a small town.

He will begin his duties here on Dec. 2. 

Before signing on to the new position, Thompson spent three and a half months working for the Wake County Public Libraries’ Richard B. Harrison Community Library in Raleigh, N.C. 

 “They’re sad to see me go but are excited for my future opportunities,” said Thompson on Friday afternoon in an interview at the South Boston Library. 

The Richard B. Harrison Community Library is one of 21 branches in Raleigh.  

According to Thompson, this library “does a lot more foot traffic with guests using computers and doesn’t do near as much circulation as some of the other branches.” 

His duties included “assisting people with anything they needed in the library including finding books, using electronic resources, using reference materials and setting up appointments on their computers.” 

The Virginia native moved to Michigan in his early years where he completed middle school and graduated from Pulaski Michigan High School. 

After graduating, Thompson returned to Virginia to study history and economics at Hampden-Sydney College. 

 “I wanted to come back to Virginia because I could not stand the weather of Michigan,” said Thompson. 

He graduated in 2006 before moving to Alexandria to complete his graduate studies. He got his Masters in Library Science from Catholic University. 

Thompson said, “After I received my degree, I spent some time working part-time jobs and searching for a library museum job.”  

Last Tuesday, the Halifax County South Boston Library Board said they are sure Thompson is a good fit when they announced his hiring. 

Chairman Bee Espy said, “Each of the board members feels really good about this decision. We are really excited to have his fresh perspective, his excellent mind and his enthusiasm for coming to this county.” 

When Thompson begins his position, he wants to publish information about the library’s programs in the newspaper each month to “make sure the word gets out into the community.” 

He would like to see current classes offered at the library continue and is looking into expanding those. He also is looking into classes that would include craft services. 

 “For certain high school classes, they have summer reading. Perhaps we will set up a summer reading program to help them keep on track, and it will give them a chance to discuss the material,” said Thompson as he continued to talk about his future plans.  

Thompson noted future plans also will be impacted by the decisions of the new library director, when that position is filled.