City Employee Spotlight for October - Library Specialist Christy Wallace

October 2, 2017
City Employee Spotlight for October - Library Specialist Christy Wallace

A public library is much more than a place to just come and check out books. Just ask Library Specialist Christy Wallace. We have all kinds of programs and entertainment for the young and old,” says Wallace. “Certainly folks still come in to check out books but we have many other services that we offer. We are constantly integrating technology to meet all our patrons needs. We have hundreds of digital books. You can get ebooks on any device, we also offer wireless printing from home. Not everyone has the internet at home, so we are the perfect place to come and research for your personal and professional use, read digital books, check out movies, etc.”
Wallace is the point of contact for all things technology at the city library. She is in charge of the website, newsletter, Facebook page, and also maintains the computers at the library. City Library Director Barbara Rowell says, “Christy Wallace is a Library Specialist at Jacksonville (AL) Public Library. Her friendliness and helpfulness to patrons and fellow city workers have never wavered in her 14 years of employment with Jacksonville! We are proud to have her on our library team.”
Wallace is a 1993 graduate of Weaver High School and then earned her BS in Secondary Education and Language Arts at Jacksonville State University in 1997. She and husband Jeremy reside in Wellington. Jeremy is a Distribution Process Worker at Anniston Army Depot. Her hobbies include: reading (no particular author), crocheting, and adult coloring books. “I find coloring very relaxing,” says Wallace. She serves on the board at Annicon, a one-day convention that brings Asian culture to young adults in the area and is the Volunteer Coordinator for 2018. When asked about future plans Wallace stated she starts graduate school in January. She plans on getting her Master’s degree in Library Science. “I am excited about it, but a little scared at the same time. It has been 20 years since I have been in school,” explains Wallace.
Wallace loves the hands-on experience of planning and presenting special programs at the library. “I especially like the ones working with the teens, “says Wallace. “We did a program this summer with word art and blackout poetry. It was a lot of fun. We all get to contribute to the programs, whether it be an idea for a craft, snack, etc. We work together like a family to insure the best programs possible. The job certainly has challenges – as most jobs do – but I love what I do here and I’m looking forward to a long career in the library world.”
Wallace is particularly excited about an upcoming event, the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery Stroll, which will be held in the city cemetery October 8th from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to step back in time wandering around the cemetery listening to stories about notable people and residents in Jacksonville from the early 1800s to modern-day. Participants will be in historic attire telling stories about their lives in Jacksonville. Some story-tellers are actual descendants of the stories being illustrated. Jacksonville City Council President, Sandra Sudduth, will be portraying her grandmother. The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted. A special area will be set up for small children to have storytime with children’s librarian Gwen Rollins while parents stroll from gravesite to gravesite. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to October 15th at 2 p.m.
Congratulations, Christy for being chosen the city’s October Spotlight. Knowledge is power. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and serving our community!