Pam Wright is the manager of the Belton Library. She has a B.A. and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, but her blood is pure orange. She and her husband Patrick are active members of the Belton Presbyterian Church. She has one son, Paul, and two cats, Castle and Pepper.
How long have you been working at the Belton Library?
I have been at the Belton Library four years now. I retired as a school librarian in June 2016 after 33 years in the public school system. I always loved my summers off, but I knew that I was not ready to stay home full time. My plan was to just work part time and to help take care of my mom who had declining health. Unfortunately, my mom passed away in December of 2016 and when the full time position as the branch manager became available, I decided to give it a shot and have never regretted that decision!
Did you always want to be a librarian?
Some of my earliest memories include playing “library.” All of my childhood books had homemade pockets and cards in the backs of them so that all of my dolls and stuffed animals could check them out. I guess from a very early age, my life’s profession was laid out before me.
What particularly draws you to the Belton library and community?
I love being the branch manager and serving the community of Belton. I have been associated with the Belton community for most of my adult life. Since working in Anderson School District Two, I was always connected with this area. I love the small town feel of Belton and the closeness of its people. It is amazing to me that the small town of Belton has an active art center, a thriving museum and, not to mention, is the host of the South Carolina State ICS Chili Cook-off which brings hundreds of out-of-state folks into our small community.
What’s a typical day like at the Belton library branch?
A typical day at the Belton Library is full of adventure! We normally have an average of about 125 patrons per day. Each patron brings various needs. Some are just seeking the next best read, while others need extensive help applying for jobs. That is what makes working in the library so interesting to me. You never know what the day will hold. Each day is a fresh start and no two days are exactly the same.
The library is known for books, but do you have a favorite non-book part of the library?
I love planning programs for adults. Before COVID hit, we had great attendance with all of our adult programs. I think this meets a great need in the community for having people come together to socialize and learn something new. The adult book club and the crafting classes are my favorites.
Speaking of crafting, do you have any favorite crafts or hobbies?
I am an avid paper crafter, concentrating mostly on handmade greeting cards.
Since choosing “favorites” can be a challenge, do you have any recent books or TV that you’ve enjoyed?
I am not much of a TV watcher, but have enjoyed two shows recently that were produced from books that I have read. Virgin River (Robin Carr) is a Netflix series that I enjoyed as well as Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) which airs on Hulu. Both series are close to the books and do not ruin my image of what I read. I would have to say that Diane Chamberlain is one of my very favorite authors. Her latest novel, Big Lies in a Small Town is the next book on my To Be Read stack!
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