Librarian Mannie Crone, center, at last week's reception

Community welcomes new Canton librarian

Dozens turned out last week to welcome Mannie Crone, new librarian at the Canton branch of the Haywood County Public Library. Crone, who's actually been on the job since May, said she's really enjoying the job and looking forward to the future.

"This is a wonderful community library, and that’s something I’d like to build on," Mannie said. "We have quite a few regular patrons, which is a testament to the great work achieved by the previous branch librarian and our current staff. I’d like for our relationship with the community to grow. I’d like for the library to be as important to the community as community members are to the library."

Manne hopes to accomplish this by offering a wide variety of resources at the library and increasing our programming. Following are some of the more recent additions to library activities:

  • Free one-on-one computer lessons every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. The lessons are open to everyone, from beginners to more advanced computer users, and are taught by one of the library pages, Wesley Johnson, who is studying computer science in college. Interested library patrons may sign up for the lessons at our circulation desk and request what computer subject they would like to learn, whether it be setting up an e-mail account, applying for a job online, or how to create a spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation.
  • The Canton Branch Library will also house Haywood County Public Library’s new Homeschool Collection, which will provide our homeschool community with educational materials that they will be able to check out for extended periods of time.

In addition, the library also offers patrons access to Internet computers, a wide DVD selection, an impressive music collection, books on CD, and the library recently started checking out Playaways, which are pocket-size audio players on which books have been recorded.

The library also offers the popular Family Storytime on Tuesday mornings at 11:15 led by Lisa Hartzell.

"This is only the beginning, as we have plans for additional programming for both children and adults," Mannie said. "If you haven’t been to the Canton Branch Library in a while, or if you’ve never been, we invite you to stop in and check out what we have to offer!"

To reach Mannie, or for more information, contact the Canton Branch Library at 828.648.2924 or check on the Haywood County Public Library website.