A talented staff combined with a great community makes Marsha Petty grateful about her new job as director of Adams Memorial Library.
"I couldn't have a better staff. They are very talented and they work so well together," Petty said. "And I can't say enough about Woodbury and Cannon County. It's a nice, loving community."
"I hope to make everyone proud," she smiled.
Petty was selected by the Adams Library Board of Trustees for the post following the resignation of Tina L. Norris, who has returned to Wisconsin.
The new director hopes to continue to build on the excellent programs adopted by Mrs. Norris.
"Tina had started some great programs," Petty said, but more input is needed from the community.
"We need to know what our patrons want. We want to be very involved in the community," she said. "It is important for them to consider the library a resource."
Petty said it is her personal goal to add more useful programs like desktop publishing and gardening classes.
"Gardening is very popular here and I would also like to start a seed sharing program like they have in Nashville," she continued.
The Nashville seed program is free to people with a library card. They can borrow seed, grow plants and return seeds.
"The challenge is to get programs relevant to the community," Petty said.
For example is the excellent genealogy program administered by Peggy Tate. "Peggy is great, but more people need to know about what is available at the library."
The library needs to hear from the public it is trying to serve.
Cannon County is known for its mules. For example, the library could work up a class or program concerning mules, she said. "We need to hear from local groups. We need ideas that apply locally."
Petty started work at the Adams Memorial Library in November 2014. She is the daughter of Arthur and Margie Petty, who operated the Cloth Shop in Woodbury.
"We have our roots here," she smiled. "It's such a nice community. Everybody has been wonderful."