Kennett new library chairman of the board

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sandra Kennett, of Leachville, recently became chairman of the Mississippi County Library System Board of Trustees but she has been on the board for many years.

Sandra Kennett, chairman of the Mississippi County Library System Board of Trustees.

"I was appointed by Judge Joe Gurley," Kennett said. "Some of the biggest changes that I've seen while I have been on the board involve technology. We've added computers at all the libraries and now we have both ebooks as well as an electronic card catalog. I've also seen us add the children's summer reading program, which has been wonderful."

Kennett said she loves that the Mississippi County Library System has libraries in or close by just about all the communities in the county. She said many library systems aren't able to provide so many local services.

"I feel the library system is so very important to our county," Kennett said. "I go to the Leachville Library every week and it is just wonderful to see the kids in line to use a computer. Hopefully they will check out a book while they are there. But it is not just Leachville it is Manila, Osceola, Blytheville, Wilson, Luxora and Keiser."

Kennett said although she has been on the Mississippi County Library Board of Trustees for number of years, it still surprises her how many people don't know what the county libraries have to offer.

"As chairman I want to see the library system to continue to grow," Kennett said. "I of course would like to see more people go to the library. I don't think people know what we do. I think they don't realize they can use a computer for free, check out books, read newspapers or magazines, send faxes or get copies made. The new bestsellers everyone is buying from Walmart can be checked out for free at the library. If one of our libraries doesn't have a book you are looking for, request it and our librarians can get it so you can check it out."

Kennett said the library provides children the opportunity to pick out their own books to read or do homework. She said the county libraries provide a quite place to read, relax, study and have fun, which she feels is important.

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