MIFFLINTOWN - This past year has brought numerous changes to the Juniata County Library, including new renovations and a new library director.
The renovations started last fall and included new bathrooms, closets, doors and outside lighting. Additionally, the outside walkways were repaved and made handicapped accessible, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Board of Trustees President Geraldine Gerber said a private donation enabled the library to make the recent changes.
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The renovations at the Juniata County Library in Mifflintown were completed last fall and took three months to complete.
"One check came in the mail, and we were pleasantly surprised when we received another check, which was larger," she said.
The library was built in the 1980s, so this was the first time the building was updated. The renovations took about three months, and the library stayed open during that time period.
The renovations weren't the only change the library has gone through this past year. After they were completed, a new library director was hired on Aug. 14.
"I was pleasantly surprised to get an interview, and even more so when they told me I was the candidate they wanted to hire," new director Brady Clemens said.
Clemens is from Clarion and received his bachelor's degree in English and history from Clarion University.
He then received his master's degree in library science a year and a
However, his love of reading wasn't the only reason he decided to work in libraries.
"Of course I love reading. I find (working in libraries) to be an enjoyable job. There's a lot more to it than books," he said. "I like working with people, whether it be finding the right book or helping them find the right information."
Clemens last worked as the genealogy reference librarian at the Uniontown Public Library and said this new job would require a period of transition.
"I'm still in the adjustment period ... for people who work in libraries, it takes about year," he said.
Some of his duties at the library include assisting at the front desk as needed, managing the library budget and ordering books.
In addition, he decides what books to put into circulation and what books to remove.
"We like to include a good core of fiction and non-fiction. But which books we have is based mostly on how well it is circulating and how other titles by the same author are circulating," he said.
Clemens also represents the library in an official capacity at events like local festivals and meetings with other libraries in the district.
Although he has only been in his position since August, Clemens said he finds his new job very enjoyable.
"There is always something to do, it's not very stressful. I really like the staff. All the staff are good. I enjoy coming to work for them," he said.
Although the past year has brought many changes to the library, there are still more to come in the near future.
The library hopes to be able to purchase new furniture for the building, and also hopes to hire a new children's librarian before the end of the year.