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Library Happenings – New director excited to join library

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.

New Beginnings

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.

Board Meeting

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.