Smith a part of library sucess
This library lost someone special to its history a couple of weeks ago with the death of Joy Smith.
In its 50-year history, there have only been five librarians to head and direct this facility. Joy Smith was one of them.
At the sudden death of the library’s first librarian, Gertie Mae Lawrence, in 1969, Joy was working here at the time. Mae Love — a degreed librarian and wife of the library’s Chairman of the Board, James L. Love — was asked to come in and work with Joy, teaching her how to run a library.
After a few years, Mae Love went back home to be with her family, leaving the running of the library to Smith. Mae Love was always there as a consultant, however, if Joy needed her. Then, in May of 1976, Smith resigned to take a job at the Lufkin State School. Since June of 1976, the library has been in the hands of Brenda Russell and Judy Thompson, both master-degreed librarians.
The success of this library has been due largely to the guidance and leadership of these five women, along with a wonderful, supportive Board of Trustees. Smith loved children so with the money the library has received from memorials to her, a special statue will be bought and placed in the Children’s Department of the library for all to enjoy. The library staff and the Board of Trustees thank Ellen and Buddy Temple, Geraldine Pouland, Sandra and John Ralph Pouland, and Brenda Russell for their memorial donations.
The library family is saddened for Smith’s family, but we say “thank you” to her for her contributions she made to this library so many years ago.