Behind the Shelves: Inside Look at Library Operations with Marian Veld

Hey there, it’s Joe Justice coming at you from the latest episode of the Kanawha Valley Hustlers podcast, straight from the hustle and bustle of the Business After Hours at the Kanawha County Public Library. Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with Marian, who gave us some insider insights into the library and its inner workings. Let’s dive into what we discovered.

Marian, a dedicated member of the library team, revealed just how much hustle goes into selecting and purchasing over 2000 books and other materials every single month. That’s some serious dedication! From reading reviews to taking patron requests, Marian and her team ensure the library is stocked with a diverse range of materials, from traditional books to cutting-edge electronic resources.

But the Kanawha County Public Library isn’t just about books. They offer a plethora of services, including audio books, DVDs, CDs, and even tools for loan. Need a space for a client meeting or a larger event? They’ve got you covered with meeting rooms available for use or rent.

One of the most exciting features Marian highlighted was the library’s Idea Lab, a haven for tech enthusiasts and makers alike. With equipment like button makers, sewing machines, and 3D printers, the possibilities for creativity are endless.

Intrigued by Marian’s background, I learned that she’s been with the library for about a year and a half, bringing with her a wealth of experience from various locations across the country. Her recent transition into a new position at the Kanawha County Library has come with its challenges, particularly navigating the complexities of a larger organization. But Marian’s positive attitude and dedication shine through as she continues to adapt and grow in her role.

Reflecting on her time in the Kanawha Valley, Marian emphasized the warmth and friendliness of the community, making it a welcoming place to live and work. It’s clear that building relationships is a cornerstone of life in the Kanawha Valley, and the library plays a vital role in fostering connections within the community.

As our conversation came to a close, I couldn’t help but admire Marian’s passion for her work and the important role libraries play in our communities. So the next time you visit your local library, remember the hustle behind the scenes, and don’t forget to show your appreciation to the dedicated individuals like Marian who make it all possible.

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