5 Things to Know about our Interim Executive Director
On October 1, Deputy Director Cindy Hewitt stepped in as Interim Executive Director for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) after Laurel Best retired. She will serve as Interim for up to a year until the board of directors can safely conduct a search for the Library's new Executive Director.
Question: Are you a native or a transplant?
While I am originally from Atlanta, GA, my family and I have called the Huntsville area our home for 26 ½ years. My husband Ken and I raised our two children here. I love the Huntsville community and the wonderful combination of a small town feel with multicultural layers. It has often reminded me of a mini-Atlanta.
Question: Have you always been a librarian?
I have been a librarian for 24 years, first as a school librarian and then as a public librarian for the past 10 years. I was the branch manager at Monrovia Library for 8 years before moving into the Deputy Director position a little less than 2 years ago. I am excited to spend this year as Interim Executive Director and I hope to keep the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library moving forward in service to our community.
Question: What do you like to read?
I read everything! Fiction is my favorite, particularly mysteries, relational and historically based works. I read nonfiction, too – mostly historical accounts around major life events and some “how to’s.” As a former elementary and high school librarian, I also love young adult and children’s literature.
Question: What is one thing that most people don't know about the library?
Did you know that you can now get married at the public library?
Where do you see the future of our library system?
HMCPL continues to be one of the busiest libraries in the state of Alabama. In spite of COVID-19 restrictions, we have seen how much our community uses and loves the library system. We hope to continue to be a place for creativity, exploration, and most of all, a place where the community connects well into the future.