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Turner assumes Sammy Brown Library Director position, Millican promoted to Children's Coordinator

Jan. 10, 2018 at 9:31 a.m.


The Sammy Brown Library is seeing a lot of changes in the New Year. As of January 1, the library will have a new Director and Children's Coordinator.

Kim Turner was recently selected by the Library Board to fill the position upon the retirement of Debbie Godwin. Turner has been with the Library since September 2011 as Children's Coordinator. In this role, she led weekly storytimes for children, coordinated the summer reading program at the library, and worked on collection development.

She has called Panola County home for more than 35 years. Graduating from Gary High School, she continued her education at Central Baptist College and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. Her degree in Health Education led to a career in the health and fitness industry in the Dallas area. Once she returned to Panola County, she began working for Genpak Carthage on the Consumer Sales support team. When she took an aide position at Libby Elementary, she discovered her love for teaching and interacting with kids that led her to the Children's Coordinator position at the library.

"I have loved the creative planning that went into my job as Children's Coordinator, whether it's booking quality performers for Summer Reading, or searching the Internet for the perfect craft to compliment the book chosen for storytime. I also enjoy interacting with parents and children who are struggling to find that 'just right' book. My favorite book to read to a class on a library tour is 'Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't!)' by Barbara Bottner. The idea behind the book is that all children will learn to love reading if they find the right book."

"As director, I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of Panola County. Our services reach far and wide in the community. In addition to best-selling books, we also circulate audiobooks and DVDs. For many people, our computers and free WiFi are essential to school and work assignments. We provide fax, copy, and scan services that are a necessity in our high-tech world."

Her husband Paul works as Senior Plant Engineer at LP Carthage, and her son Victor is a freshman at Carthage High School. Her daughter Cameron currently lives in Orlando, FL. Mrs. Turner is an active member of First Baptist Church, a member of the choir, and teaches Sunday School for the 3 – 4 year old age group. She spends her free time reading a variety of authors. Some of her favorite adult authors are John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Janet Evanovich. She also spends a lot of time reading children's and young adult authors like Kasie West, John David Anderson, and Katherine Applegate.

Tanya Millican was recently promoted to the Children's Coordinator position at Sammy Brown Library. She has been a part-time employee of the library since May, working on Saturday, and helping with Summer Reading.

Mrs. Millican comes from Crane, TX, a small west Texas town but relocated to east Texas to attend Kilgore College. There she received an Associate Degree in Applied Arts. For the last 7 years she worked for Beckville ISD as the Junior High Library Aide. She brings a great wealth of information about children's literature acquired through that job to the Sammy Brown Library. "I have always enjoyed reading, and I love when I can get children excited about books," Millican stated. "When this position became available I felt it would be a great opportunity to work with the children and young people of Panola County. I hope to encourage children's excitement for reading and also try to inspire teens and young adults in the county to find an interest in reading."

In her free time, Tanya enjoys reading, playing board games with family, and making crafts. Her favorite author is Shannon Hale. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Savannah and Dalton. All members of the family are active in the Beckville community, and enjoy participating together in the Beckville Community Clean Up and the Annual Fall Festival.

Millican stated, "I am very excited for this new adventure, and I look forward to the many new experiences that are sure to come my way."

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