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South Boston library branch manager departs

South Boston News
Jessica Pettit / August 15, 2013
The Halifax County-South Boston Library System has accepted the resignation of South Boston Library branch manager Jessica Pettit, who has been with the system for the past two years. Pettit, contacted yesterday, said she will be returning to her home in Jefferson City, Tennessee where she has had several business offers.

Library Director Joe Zappacosta said patrons will miss Pettit, who has been a very good manager and has devoted a great deal of time and energy on library activities.

“Jessica has been nothing but a great benefit for our library system,” said Board Chairman Bee Edmunds Espy. “She’s a great girl and we hate to see her go.”

Zappacosta advised library trustees Tuesday that he will begin advertising the position next week, looking for someone with management experience.

“We will certainly give strong consideration to someone who has a Masters degree in library science, just as Jessica did,” he said.

Zappacosta said he will be spending more of his days at the South Boston Library during the interim before a new branch manager can be hired, although his office is located in the Halifax Public Library.

He expects there likely will be a two month period before a new employee is on board, since he does not expect to begin interviews for the position until early October.

In other business during the Tuesday Library Board meeting, trustees were advised that Sue Brooks has joined the library staff as a part-time employee who will head the Early Learning Literacy program which will be focusing on children from 0 to 3 years old.

“We have several programs,” Zappacosta said, “which we will be using with the Head Start program and the Pre-K classes.”

Zappacosta also introduced a new program, “Voluntarily Yours” which will allow library staffers to notify patrons of the arrival of their favorite author’s latest works. Patrons will be provided with an application to fill out, listing their favorite authors and a contact number where they can be reached when new books arrive at the library.

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