After 20 years of working with the Anderson County Library System, Carolyn Davis recently became the Iva Library branch manager. She’s busy meeting new people in Iva while catching up on some of her favorite series.
How did you get started working for the Anderson County Library System?
20 years ago I wanted to change jobs. I had gotten tired of mill work. The construction on the new Main Library had just begun and there were multiple job openings in the newspaper. Plus, I love to read, so I decided to apply.
I’ve worked in quite a few different departments over the years. I worked in the Children’s department for 10 years and loved the patrons and staff I worked with. For almost 5 years, I worked in Technical Services, repairing books and getting them ready to circulate again.
What do you enjoy about what you do at the Iva Library?
I love watching the faces of patrons when they find a new favorite book for the first time. I worked for 5 years as the Piedmont Library Branch manager. I really got to know a lot of the staff and patrons there, and it was hard to leave. But I’m enjoying getting to know the people and community at the Iva Library. I am learning new faces and names, and it will take some time, but I want to eventually know peoples’ names as they walk in the door. I love getting to know people and learning new things about my job and the community in Iva. I have not been in Iva long, but people seem to really know each other or each other’s families pretty well. They have history with the town and the people around it.
Picking favorites can sometimes be hard, so what are some recent books or TV that you’ve enjoyed? Is there anything you like to recommend to patrons?
I’m catching up on the newest books in my favorite series that I’ve missed. Laurell K. Hamilton is one of my favorite authors, and I think I’ve missed three of her latest books. Some other favorite authors that I’m catching up with are J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Nora Roberts, Deborah Harkness and Anne Bishop.
I’m also watching the Umbrella Academy on Netflix, and so far so good! I would recommend it to those who like the unknown or fantasy type shows. I’m also waiting on the second season of A Discovery of Witches to come out.
Any final thoughts you’d like to share?
Growing up, my dad owned a restaurant, and I started off waiting tables there when I was 12. I guess you could say this is where my customer service experience started. My mom and dad taught me a lot, but the most important lesson was to treat others as you would want to be treated. So I guess my final thought would be to smile when you pass someone, because that smile may just brighten someone’s day.
You can find Carolyn at the Iva Library ready to introduce herself with a smile.
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