MILLEDGEVILLE — Over the past 34 years, Anne Moore has developed many children’s programs to instill the love of books and reading in youth at the Mary Vinson Memorial Library. Now the community and the familiar, grown-up faces she once read to are bidding farewell as she prepares for retirement.
“I remember when Anne first came on board at the library when it was at the Tourism & Trade Center, and she was this young librarian who I loved going to see at the library and participate in summer reading club with. When I had my own child — Nathan — and Anne was still there, I was very glad to have a familiar face. She made Nathan love books more than I already did. Nathan is 10 years old and he started story time when he was 18 months old, so Anne has been a big part of his younger years,” said Kelly Mitchell, who also tutors high school and middle school math at the library. “We’re going to miss her a lot and I feel like she’s been a big part of my life and my son’s life.”
In spring 1979, Moore kicked off her career with the Twin Lakes Library System working twice a week as a bookkeeper and in charge of creating children’s programming.
“I helped with bookkeeping, shelved, checked out books to patrons, counted cards, which was the way the library kept track of how many and what books were checked out each day, and presented story times. I started off with a public story time on Tuesday mornings and eventually added a few group story times for preschools and public school groups. There was already a Vacation Reading Club in place through the Middle Georgia Regional Library System so I assisted with that program,” Moore said. “We moved to the present library in 1987, and I gradually gave up all of my jobs except for duties that pertained to youth services. At this point I began to expand the programming and spent more time creating an inviting and comfortable environment for the parents and children.”