New library director at Spencer Library
Malinda "Mandie" Roberts started on Monday as the new director of Spencer Library.
Roberts, who previously served as the reference librarian at Tippecanoe Public Library in Lafayette, Ind., considered it her career goal to be a director of a small-town library.
"Everyone's been incredibly nice here," Roberts said. "I had three people wave at me over lunch one day, and I had absolutely no idea who they were."
As if on cue, Vicki Myron, former Spencer librarian, and her husband, Glen, stopped by to meet Roberts in person.
"We hug here," Glen said to Roberts.
As library director, Roberts doesn't plan on making any changes to the library for about a year. She will address issues as they come, but she would like to spend time observing how the library works right now before altering anything too drastically.
"I'm a big believer in 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it,'" Roberts said.
This is Roberts' first directorship, though it is not her first position in a supervising role.
In addition to observing how the library runs within the community, Roberts will also acclimate to the city and surrounding area.
"I tell people I moved to Pleasantville," Roberts said. "It's exactly what I wanted in a town."
As the new library director, Roberts is most excited about being "a louder voice for libraries."
"I've always been an advocate for libraries," Roberts said. "Now I have more power, and I can have more influence."