JONESVILLE — Making a living from a hobby is the goal of many an entrepreneur but being able to serve one’s community as well is an even higher achievement and one that Jennifer Marion has achieved at the Jonesville Public Library.
The Jonesville library has experienced extensive change in the past several years including moving to a different location and more change is on the horizon as Marion has begun producing a monthly newsletter and finding other ways of enhancing the library.
“Working at the library has made me feel like I have a true purpose and am doing some good in the world one book at a time,” said the mother of two with a third child set to make his appearance any day.
Marion came to the library after working in food service and retail while earning her associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in European history.
“She is seeking a master’s degree in public history so she could be a good resource maybe for the historical society,” said Branch Librarian Barbara Gilpin. “She is a very avid reader and she’s very excited to be a part of the library and she’s super smart.”
It was Marion’s passion for reading and history that caused her to apply for the position.
“I believe that my own love for books is a great help when it comes to this position,” said Marion, “not only because I understand the books but nine times out of 10 I have read them personally. Other than writing and drawing, reading is my favorite pastime. I own hundreds of books myself and love each and every one of them.”
Marion plans to cultivate that passion in patrons of the library as well.
“If there is a way to encourage others to read and explore history, or even their own imagination, I feel like it is my responsibility to encourage that,” said Marion.
Imagination is important to Marion, who is also a writer and painter.
“As far as hobbies go I am pretty predictable,” said Marion.
“I am either reading, writing, drawing, or painting, that is of course as long as football is not on. If that is the case I am in front of the television — go Panthers,” said Marion, who values her local community as well as the Carolinas in general.
“I absolutely love this town,” said the resident of five years. “Everyone is so close knit and that is a wonderful thing.”
Marion expects her position at the Jonesville library will not only continue to root her in the community but will give her the opportunity to give as well.
“I truly hope that this position will allow me to contribute to the community and the younger generations. I hope that I can contribute to the togetherness of the community and bolster it to bring everyone closer.”
Visit Jennifer Marion at the Jonesville Public Library, which is located at 560 Winston Road. The Jonesville Public Library is a member of the Northwest Regional Library System. For more information, call 336-835-7604.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.