The Cassville Branch Library's new children's coordinator has 30 years of experience in education. Verna Fry, a retired elementary school teacher, began serving in the full-time position on Nov. 1.
"I thought this would be a natural step for me," said Fry, who previously taught second and third grade at Southwest Elementary School. "I've always thought that reading was the most important thing a student learns.
"There is an old saying that goes, 'learn to read, so you can read to learn,'" said Fry. "That is so true."
Armed with a bachelor's degree in education from Missouri Southern State University and a master's degree in education from Missouri State University, Fry is excited to use her experience to inspire children of all ages. One of her main duties is to plan and conduct four story time sessions for preschool children each week.
"I thought those little guys would be so much fun to work with," said Fry. "They are always so happy, and they are so ready to learn.
"I want to make it fun for children to come to the library," said Fry. "If they enjoy being here and enjoy having their parents read to them, they will later enjoy being in school."
Story time sessions, which are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, offer crafts, activities, games, singing, dancing and stories. The library also offers a special story time session on Fridays for students who attend God's Little Kingdom Preschool.
In addition to story time, the Cassville Library offers a variety of other children's programs, including homeschool student activities, the summer reading club and Friday movies and an assortment of resources that parents can utilize at home to help children develop a love for learning.
"So many people out there are not aware of the programs and resources available at the library," said Fry. "We have so many materials for them to take advantage of, and you can't get any better than free."
Parents interested in learning more about resources available at the Cassville Branch Library are encouraged to visit the library, which is located on Main Street, or call Fry or Cheryl Williams, library supervisor, at 847-2121.