|City welcomes new library director|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
May 10, 2006 -- Cheryl Lawson was introduced as director of Sulphur Springs Public Library Tuesday afternoon in an reception at the library.
The library director comes to Sulphur Springs from the Dallas area where she worked in the Dallas Library system with emphasis on literacy.
"I have been involved in two literacy programs," she said. "I worked at the Dallas Public Library and the Martin Luther King Branch Library in Irving."
In Denton, Lawson was branch manager for Denton Public Library, where she was also responsible for a highly successful literacy program.
"So I look to be able to do some of the same things here," she said. "But here, you all have done a lot of work — you have a great library with some great programs in place already, and I am looking forward to supporting them."
A native of Missouri, Lawson — who says she is passionate about libraries and comes from a family of librarians — received her master's degree from North Texas State University.
Lawson saidshe found the library quite impressive in her first visit to Sulphur Springs to interview for the position.
"My, I was very impressed," she said. "A beautiful building, of course, and a wonderful community, and I said, 'My, this is a library with the support of a community ... we need to get some kids in here.'"
Among the programs already in place at Sulphur Springs Public Library to catch the new director's eye were those for children especially the summer reading programs.
Among those welcoming the new librarian to Sulphur Springs was Steve Seale with the North East Texas Library System. Seale routinely visits libraries throughout Northeast Texas, from Dallas-Fort Worth to Texarkana, and said Sulphur Springs Library was one of the best.
"Sulphur Springs Public Library is probably the gem of East Texas among small, middle-size libraries," Seale said. "We have a lot of workshops here, and anytime we have an opportunity, we bring continuing education events here.
"One of the biggest reasons we come here is all the other libraries enjoy coming here," Seale continued. "We are looking forward to working with the new director."