Alex Currin has worked for the Anderson County Library System for 20 years. He is currently the Powdersville Library branch manager, and has previously worked in outreach, technology training, Inter-Library Loan, and Reference.
How did you come to be a librarian?
I originally started with newspapers; I have a B.A. in Journalism. I’m from North Carolina, but went to New York for a few internships. However, the work and snow were depressing, so I returned to North Carolina, bounced around a bit, and then on a whim took a reference class at UNC-Greensboro. I also went to a demonstration on the Internet (this was 1995), and thought “I’ve got to get in the ground floor for this.” I then planned to be a news librarian, but saw how cool public libraries are and decided to stick with them.
You were originally hired with the “new” Main Library was built. What was that like?
It took me 2 weeks just to get used to the Main Library’s layout! I remember they had initially miscalculated the amount of space needed for books: too much space on the 2nd floor but not enough on the 1st. But that was worked out before the library opened. I also helped carry in the large bronze statue that sits just outside the Children’s area. I don’t think I’ve ever carried something so heavy in my life!
You’ve been the Powdersville library manager for over 7 years now. What do you like about that library?
It’s been my longest position ever. Being so close to Greenville and the Easley library, we really try to stand out with excellent customer service. Our staff is helpful, friendly, and experienced. And Evelyn’s storytime is particularly popular.
This may be a strange answer, but I also really like the taxes! I used to order the tax forms for the library system and I coordinated with VITA and AARP for the tax preparation. It may be a weird thing to include, but providing tax forms and assistance really makes me feel like I’m providing a service to people.
Do you have any favorite books?
I have two, actually. The first is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. It took me a long time to actually finish it, with a lot of starts and pauses, because I saw so much of myself in it. The other is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It seems so prescient today, even after all this time.
I’m also looking forward to reading Daisy Jones and the Six, which is one of the Powdersville Library’s Book Club books in September. Amazon is going to be making a series based on it, too.
Do you have any pets?
No, don’t ask that! We currently have 3 dogs, 4 outside cats, 4 inside cats, and we’re fostering 5 additional cats. My wife is very active in animal rescue and volunteering, and we’re often helping with animal transport to the vet or to their forever homes. Fostering is especially great. You get to spend time with the animals and help them become lovable pets.
You can find Alex at the Powdersville Library, ready to help with your information needs. Go Dawgs!
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