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Tyrone-Snyder Public Library welcomes new director

Last week, the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library welcomed Jessica Ford Cameron as the new library director.
Cameron, from Altoona, said she is very excited with her new position in Tyrone.
After graduating from the University of Maryland with a Master of Library Science degree, Cameron worked in the University Library and then as the Reference Librarian at Penn State Altoona for two years.
Most recently, she was the Library Director at the Claysburg library for two years.
She may be just settling in to her new position, but Cameron says, “This place is so well run, there are only a few minor adjustments needed.”
Looking to the future, Cameron said she wants to work on more outreach for all ages.
“We do a lot for the preschool age but want to get elementary and teenage programs as well,” she said.
She added that right now there is no “carved out” area specifically for teens.
One hope, to help in this area, is to acquire a Nintendo Wii for use by library patrons of all ages.
“In the short time I’ve been here, I feel it (the library) is the center of the community,” said Cameron, “and that’s the way it should be.”
The library currently provides many programs to the public.
Story hour is held on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for children. To guarantee a spot, parents are asked to call the library at 684-1133 to pre-register for this event.
GED classes are also held at the library from 1 to 4 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday.
And of course there is the annual library concert. This year the show titled “Salute to the Legends” will be held April 19 at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m endlessly impressed with the library,” said Cameron, “with the staff, volunteers, trustees and the community.
“I’m really happy to be here,” she added.
The library is open Monday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.