VIENNA - The Vienna Public Library officially welcomed its new director, Brenna Call, on Friday evening with a reception in the Simonton Meeting Room.
Call was in and out of her own reception, busy with her duties as director while trying to greet her reception guests in the back room. Guests mingled in small groups, speaking of their excitement for the new director.
Call, 30, has 12 years of library experience. She served as a clerk for 10 years, and as youth services director for two years at the South Charleston Public Library.
Photo by Gretchen Richards
The Vienna Public Library officially welcomed its new director, Brenna Call, with a reception Friday. Call took a moment from her busy night to pose in front of the book collection that is now her responsibility.
Call received her Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University, after obtaining her bachelor's degree from Rio Grande University. She is a single mother of three daughters, ages 5, 9, and 10.
"It is nice to welcome a new director," said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp. "The library is one of our city's treasures, and an important gathering point for the community. I'm certain the library will continue to deliver great things for our community under our new director's guidance," he said.
Friday's wet and cold weather prevented a large turnout at Call's reception, but that did not stop members of the library's board of trustees and their families from stopping by to wish Call the best on her new career. Even while speaking with guests, Call was excitedly referring books to those around her.
Beckie Roberts, a member of the Vienna Public Library Board of Trustees, was pleased to see Call interacting with customers and visitors to her party.
"We are thrilled to have her here," Roberts said. "Brenna is young and so full of energy and has lots of enthusiasm for the library. It is refreshing to see," she said.
Call has large plans for the library, some of which have already been enacted. The Young Adult room of the library has a new cafe table and two chairs, providing a comfortable spot for youths to enjoy their books inside the room. The total cost of this new furniture was around $300.
Cassie Rapp, secretary for the Vienna Public Library Board of Trustees, was happy to spend some time getting to know Call.
"She has a lot of good ideas that will allow her to expand the library for our community," said Cassie Rapp.
Call's list of ideas for the library is already long. The Blu-ray and DVD section has been reorganized into a more user-friendly style, said Call. Periodicals are being sorted and their circulation examined to determine what new titles would be appreciated by library readers, she said.
"I love books," said Call. "But I also love the service to the community that comes with library work. I have always thought that giving back to the community through the library was important," she said.
The library's collection is being "balanced and rearranged," Call said. Even the layout of the shelves is changing in the hopes of making the library easier to navigate, she said. The e-book selection will be assessed as well, she said.
The library will focus on new and popular books in both digital and physical formats for all age groups, she said. A graphic novel and manga section is in the works, and the library hopes to start renting video games soon, she said.
"I just feel like I am supposed to be here," said Call. "I am really excited to be here and hope that the community is excited, too," she said.