Stuckey hopes to bring new ideas to library position
Angie Stuckey is right at home with her job as the new young adult librarian at the Linton Public Library.
"I feel very comfortable here. It almost feels like a second home," Stuckey explained.
Although she's new to the position, she's a familiar face at the local library and spent the past three years as the adult services librarian.
"It will be a big change," she said. "I will do more with teens and young adults. It's a different audience. I'll still be doing a lot of the same things, just on a different scale."
But, she is also welcoming the change.
"I'm excited about the young adult (programs). It will be right up my alley. We already have some established programs for kids. But, I think it's important to keep things fresh ... with anything you can get into a rut," she added.
She is also looking forward to being around young adults.
"I like working with kids a lot. I think that's important. It keeps you young," she explained. "When you're working with kids you're laughing and having fun. I'm not a serious person."
She also hopes to increase the involvement of young people at the local library and possibly implement a teen advisory group that could provide homework assistance as well as a listening ear.
"One goal I have is to get kids in here throughout the year," she said. "I want to get more kids in and get more kids involved. ... A lot of times I think they think they don't have a voice, but they need to be heard."
She would also welcome local teens with a special skill, talent or hobby to share it with others at the library.
"If a teen has a talent they can come in and show their peers. I think it comes better from someone their age. They may take to it better," she explained.
But, she's also a bit nervous about the change.
"It's hard to get stuff established. My biggest fear is that I won't get the kind of response I want," she said.
Stuckey has lived in Greene County with her husband, Tony, and their three children, Lea, Ben and Owen, for almost five years now. The family moved from Odon and Tony is employed at Crane.
"We are a family of book readers," she noted.
Stuckey is originally from the Evansville area, but has small-town roots.
"The town (I grew up in) was smaller than Linton and had no library. We had to travel to Evansville to go to the library," Stuckey explained. "I've always had a love for books."
Stuckey is replacing Shelly Puckett -- who is leaving the position at the library to attend school.