A new director has been chosen for the Mason County Public Library.
According to Director Valerie Zempter, J. Steve Parrott has accepted the position and will begin training on June 11.
Parrott currently works as a public service professional at the Richland Library in Columbia, S.C. He will relocate to Maysville in June.
Parrott said he is excited to begin working at MCPL and has several goals.
“My family and I are very excited for our relocation to Maysville and my new position at the library there,” Parrott said. “While we were there, I looked around the collection and I feel like the collections could use some change, but that’s true of most libraries you visit. I’m also looking forward to working with the renovation process and meeting the employees and patrons.”
Parrott is retired from the military and has worked as a special education teacher. He was contacted by Veteran’s Affairs and asked to obtain his master’s degree.
“I did the Troops to Teachers program and taught special education for awhile,” he said. “The VA later contacted me and asked if I would get my master’s degree. I was in the kitchen one night and talking to my wife and one of my daughters about what I wanted to do. They said, ‘hey, you love libraries and books, why don’t you become a librarian?’”
According to Parrott, he applied to work at the Richland Library and was hired at the same time he began working toward his master’s in library science.
“I was getting the degree and the real-life experience at the same time,” he said.
Parrott said the reason he applied for the position in Maysville was because of his love for Kentucky.
“We’ve vacationed in Kentucky in the past and I’ve always wanted to live there,” he said. “That was where I wanted the rest of my life. While I was interviewing for the job, we spent three days in Maysville and just looked around. It’s a beautiful town and I believe we’re going to be really happy there.”
Parrott will be replacing Zempter, who plans to retire from her position as library director sometime in September.