Long-time educator takes helm at Cassville Library

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
New library supervisor Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Cheryl Williams began serving as the Cassville Branch Library supervisor on Oct. 3. Williams has over 26 years of experience in education. She has served as the library's children's coordinator for nearly two years.

Armed with a 26-year career in education and a love of the public library system, Cheryl Williams stepped into the role of Cassville Branch Library supervisor on Oct. 3.

"I saw this as a new challenge," said Williams, who has served as the Cassville Branch children's coordinator for nearly two years. "It is new and different, and I like the challenge of change."

Williams, who was raised in a military family, graduated from high school in Izmir, Turkey.

After returning to the United States, Williams earned a bachelor's degree in education and library sciences at Southwest Missouri State University, now known as Missouri State University. Later, she earned a master's degree in education at Southwest Baptist University.

"I've taken online classes from a variety of places," said Williams. "I like being a student."

Williams began her 26-year teaching career at Jenkins School and later taught for the Southwest and Cassville school districts. During her career she taught a variety of grade levels and served as a school librarian at Cassville for eight years.

After retiring from the R-4 District in 2003, Williams held an assortment of jobs and learned a variety of new skills.

"I worked on the ground floor level for Fields' Photo Archives and the Barry County Museum," said Williams. "I also worked as the children's coordinator at the Shell Knob Library."

After serving as the event director for the National Solar Car Challenge, Williams joined the Cassville Library staff as a part-time shelver in August of 2008. She was quickly promoted to the circulation desk and substitute children's coordinator.

"When Kelly Getman had her baby she decided not to return as children's coordinator," said Williams. "That was in January of 2010. I really loved serving as children's coordinator."

Although Williams new position will be quite different than the children's coordinator position, she is looking forward to learning more about library operations, including statistics, ordering procedures and other administrative duties.

"My whole entire life I have wanted to be a librarian," said Williams. "What is there not to enjoy about the library?"

Williams replaced Connie Schieler, who served as branch supervisor for six years and worked at the library for 14 years. Schieler has accepted a position with Softnet, Inc., in Monett.

The Cassville Branch Library will welcome a new children's coordinator next month. Candidates are currently being interviewed for the position. Williams is serving in both roles until a new coordinator is hired.

"This is a very good library," said Williams. "I want people to realize the importance of the library to a community and what we have to offer. People should know where their tax dollars go and take advantage of what we have to offer."

In addition to books, the Cassville Branch Library offers over 1,600 DVDs, an assortment of magazines, genealogy items and other resources.

"We can get virtually any material you want book wise," said Williams. "We participate in an interlibrary loan program that allows us to get any book for just $1."

The facility offers a variety of programs for all ages, including story time, teen activities, homeschool student workshops and movies for families and adults. This week, the library hosted a listening post for Congressman Billy Long.

The Cassville Branch Library also offers a meeting room in its downstairs area. The room is available to community organizations for events and activities at no charge. Reservations must be made in advance.

For more information on the Cassville Branch Library, call Williams at 847-2121.

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