Kiely Fisher grew up visiting local libraries, but she never dreamed while checking out young adult novels as a teenager at the Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg that she would one day end up as a librarian in the Franklin County Library System.
Fisher, 35, of Chambersburg officially stepped up last week as the full-time director of the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library in Greencastle, where she has worked part time since October.
"I just got my master's degree in library science from Clarion University," she said.
Fisher, who earned her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, spent the past nine years working for Walmart.
"It took me three years to get through everything, working full time and going to school,” said Fisher, who interned with the local library system during her schooling. "I helped in the processing system. It was a much bigger opportunity than I thought it would be.”
The Besore Library is the third largest branch in the county system, behind Coyle and Grove Family Library. "Last month, almost 5,000 people came in," Fisher said.
Despite the large size, the library still has a small-town feel, according to Fisher, who added, “I’m impressed by how well (the staff) know their patrons.”
In addition to the many book resources the library has, it also offers storytimes for children, a monthly cookbook club, book club, knit and chat group and day and evening yoga classes.
Fisher, who pronounces her first name "Ky-lee," said she's still learning the job.
"A large part of the job is collection development and making sure what the library has to offer is what the community needs," she explained. "I am trying to learn the basics and get a feel for what patrons want and how to meet their needs."
She also manages the staff of 11, including three full-timers, part-timers and students.
"I do all the scheduling and budgeting," Fisher said. "The staff has been so wonderful — so welcoming and willing to teach me."
She said she's looking forward to getting to know the community and the library patrons. Fisher said so far, the job is a great fit.
"I love it," she said with a grin.