PERRY -- There is a new face in the Houston County Public Library System.
J. Sara Paulk started May 1 as the new director for the three area libraries.
Her love of books started at a young age. She remembers reading books above her age level before she started kindergarten.
Paulks mother was a school media specialist in Wilcox County.
She instilled a love of reading I kept all my life, Paulk said.
When Paulk graduated from Florida State University with a degree in theater, she decided soon enough she needed to get a masters degree as well to be able make a living. Her masters degree in library science is also from Florida State.
Before coming to Houston County, Paulk was a library director in southwest Virginia, where a trip to her branches could take more than half a day. She also worked in New York for a few years.
Its a place for the young and the rich, Paulk said of the city.
As a hobby, Paulk writes reviews of audio books for a library journal. The reviews must be 150 words or less and help other librarians decide whether to purchase the audio books based on the recommendations.
Libraries offer services that can affect peoples daily lives, Paulk said. People can download books from the library as well as study for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test and other standardized tests, which can be found in the librarys database.
Longtime Houston Library Director Judy Golden was sorting through old paperwork in the attic at the Perry Public Library recently. She still volunteers at the library even though she is retired.
Golden was able to sit in on Paulks interview and said she thought the board of directors made a smart decision in hiring Paulk.
She has a lot of library experience, Golden said. She had packed up a library and moved it.
That is an important trait because a Houston County library is changing locations in July. Renovations to the Perry Public Library will take place over the course of a year. In the meantime, the library will be housed in a temporary, as of yet unknown, location for the duration.
Paulk is looking forward to her new role and getting to know the community.
After 30 years, Im still excited, she said.