For five weeks in the summer, Tiffany Savage had a good time helping kids learn about farming, bees, insects, birds and other things making contributions to the planet. As the new children’s librarian, she looking forward to more adventures in the future.
She came to the Sampson County library system in the summer. After meeting members of Sampson County’s Board of Commissioners, one of her first duties was preparing for the 2017 Summer Library Reading Program. The theme was “Building a Better World.” In addition to providing hands-on activities, Savage helped youths with reading goals during the seasonal break.
“It was very exciting and fun,” Savage said about. “I had a chance to meet a lot of kids from all over the county.”
She developed a passion for reading as a child. Some of her books were the Harry Potter series and classics such as “Old Yeller” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“I love to read growing up and I didn’t feel like it was a job,” Savage said “I loved to do it and it was my favorite pastime That was the reason I chose English literature.”
The Duplin County native graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey and earned a degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before Savage became the children’s librarian, she taught language arts at the middle school level.
“It’s been an easy transition to come from the school system to working as public servant in the library system,” she said.
Now that she’s in a building filled with books, one of her goals is to get more local children interested in reading. Savage plans to interact parents and introduce young patrons to books interesting to them. Another one is to make the Sampson’s summer reading program better and increase attendance for the Storytime program in the fall.
“I love that idea because reading is so fundamental and it’s very important now, especially for kids pursuing a higher education,” Savage said.
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