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New library director pays visit before work begins in January

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New library director Jay Stephens is welcomed to town by Library Board Chairman Bee Edmunds Espy. Stephens will begin his work on Jan. 6.
SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2013
The Halifax-South Boston Library System greeted its new director, Jay Stephens, on a visit to Halifax Tuesday in advance of his first day on the job Jan. 6.

Stephens is taking over for Joe Zapposta, who left the position in late September.

Currently the director of the Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, N.C., Stephens has more than 15 years’ experience as director of libraries in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.

On Tuesday afternoon, he met with members of the local library board as well as with the new South Boston branch manager, Christopher Thompson.

“We look forward to Jay’s working with the board, the staff and patrons as well as various agencies in our community,” said Bee Edmunds Espy, chairman of the local library board. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our system, and we are sure he will guide our library system effectively.”

Stephens is a graduate of Roanoke College where he received his undergraduate degree in religion.

He continued his education with a Master’s of Science degree in arts and liberal studies from Hollins University, and another Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Stephens lives in Danville where he and his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, 14 year old Jon and 12 year old Ethan, have resided for the past two and a half years.

He said he is very excited about his move to the Halifax system and has already enjoyed getting to know library directors and many of the staffers at the two library branch locations in South Boston and Halifax.

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