By Stephanie Eller
Hello! My name is Stephanie Eller and I am excited to be the new director at the Unicoi County Public Library.
I am originally from Carroll County, Georgia. It is a town roughly the size of Johnson City that is located west of Atlanta. I won’t say that I might have been a wild child growing up, but my parents might say differently. I was a good student in school, made straight A’s, and graduated with honors.
Like most teens, I wanted to do things my way. Even though my parents always thought that I was up to no good, I can guarantee that you would have found me in the local library. The library was my sanctuary. I would spend hours there reading, playing on the computer, trying to open doors I probably should not have been opening. I wanted to touch the old books that were behind the glass walls. I wanted to see the magic of what was behind the “Employees Only” door that made the library special to me.
I read every kind of book. Kids’ books, teen books, adult books. I read them all. Until I read Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot.” That book had me sleeping with a light on at night, and now Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. My parents still don’t believe me that the library is where I would go when I was feeling defeated. I always try to visit my old library when I go home. It brings back so many fun memories. Now I am here and I finally get to be part of the magic of what the library means to others.
Since then, I have gotten married and have been with my husband for 12 years. We have a beautiful daughter together. It is because of him that I managed to move all the way to Erwin, Tennessee. And let me tell you, it was definitely a culture shock! Growing up on the outskirts of Atlanta, everything was fast-paced, so moving here to Northeast Tennessee, I really had to learn to slow down. I’m glad I did though, because these mountains are too beautiful to pass by. I attended college at East Tennessee State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
I am nervous and excited to be taking on this new role at the library. I know I have some pretty big shoes to fill in Angie’s (Georgeff’s) departure, but she has faith in me to carry out the duties of library director. I wish that current circumstances were different, but we will do the best we can to help serve our community.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. The public is welcome to attend. If you require any accommodations in order to attend, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.