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Elkins library honors staff members

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Linda Daniels, front center, celebrates her 32 years of service to the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library with employees and friends of the library Tuesday evening.

ELKINS — The Elkins Bookhounds, a Friends of the Library organization, honored employees of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library at a dinner Tuesday. The event took place during National Library Week 2018.

“Our library has undergone a lot of changes during the past nine months,” stated Stephanie Murphy, library director. “The staff has worked very hard to update and upgrade the building, services, processes and overall atmosphere of the library, and deserve a lot of recognition for their dedication.”

A special tribute was given to Linda Daniels, who has dedicated 32 years to the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. Daniels, who began working in 1986 as a library associate, first looked for a job working with the public.

“I love working with people,” said Daniels. “I like to meet different personalities and try to be the one who helps them through their day, their week, or any struggle they are having.”

Daniels will continue to put time in at the library, working a few hours through the week to teach other staff her skills and to put a smile on the faces of patrons who have cherished her presence throughout her many years.

“Our community has been blessed with Linda’s gentle personality and personal commitment to literacy,” stated Murphy. “Her knowledge has been invaluable! She has a kind nature that makes her a natural at providing positive patron experiences.”

During the dinner, Murphy said, “We love and respect Linda Daniels for her devotion to people, free and equal access of information, and her commitment to our library and its mission.

“Like Daniel and the lion, Linda stands firm in her beliefs and proves everyday that kindness matters.”

The dinner was provided as a thanks to the staff of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library for their devotion to providing information, services, programs and equal access necessary to the growth and education of their community.

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