The Anderson County Library System welcomes Annie Sutton as the new Assistant Director this month. She takes over from Janet Price, who retired in December after twelve years with the Library to spend more time with her family, including her granddaughter.
Annie, the South Carolina Library Association’s 2019 Outstanding Librarian, is a familiar face at the Library and around Anderson. She has been the Library’s Head of Access Services since 2014, overseeing the Circulation Department and the branch managers, as well as leading successful book clubs and volunteering her time with The LOT Project, United Way, PAWS, and more.
Get to know the new Assistant Director, Annie!
- You are originally from Indiana, but have been in Anderson for 13 years now. What are some things you appreciate about the community?
Thirteen years is a significant amount of time to spend in an area, and I’ve loved being able to see how it has embraced change and growth. Downtown Anderson has really flourished and the community continues to add events and resources for its residents. I’ve also noticed and been able to be a part of organizations banding together to better address taking care of those in need in our community.
- You’ve seen quite a few changes with the Library over your career. What are some things that have changed, and what has stayed the same?
I would say that overall our basic services have remained the same and likely will continue to do so. We have always provided materials to check out, reference services, programs for children, and meeting spaces for community groups.
What’s changed is the focus of some of those services. Since I’ve been at the library we’ve added digital resources (like eBooks) for patrons to check out. Our programming has been updated to also include teens, tweens, and adults. We’ve also expanded programs to take on a larger scope over the years, like the How-To Fair, Comic Con, and Books & Community.
Our physical spaces have adapted as needed. Thirteen years ago we needed more room for computers. Now, we are making more room for small groups to meet and work. The teen department and Electric City Creative makerspace – and even the library’s social media – are entirely new spaces that have been added in my time here.
- What are you most excited about for the future of the Anderson County Library System?
I’m always excited to see how we can continue to meet the needs of our patrons. As a library we strive to remain relevant and that often brings changes in what we offer… new programs, new kinds of items to check out, new kinds of spaces, new partnerships. It’s fun!
- Do you have any pets?
Ha ha ha, yes, I have two dogs! Oakley is a black lab rescue; he’s sweet and shy. Elmer came to me this year as a foster from Anderson County PAWS (where I volunteer) and I decided to keep him. He’s energetic and super cute. Both love going to daycare and provide a ton of laughs and fun. Remember: adopt, don’t shop!
- Since picking a favorite book can be way too difficult, can you tell us instead about what you’re currently reading?
Please join Director Faith Line and the entire library staff in welcoming Annie to her new role. And look for more exciting programs and services thanks to Annie’s leadership at Anderson County Library!
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