Home sweet library: Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge appoints new director
Published 4:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2015
Theresa Trawick doesn’t consider herself a bookworm, but she is a lover of books and her home away from home is the library.
Trawick was recently appointed director of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge. Not only is she “at home” in the city’s public library, she is right at home in the Brundidge community.
Trawick is a native of Pike County and has lived most of her life on the Lake Simmie Road just south of Brundidge. Although Trawick would be hesitant to say, she was Miss Brundidge 1969. However, being the director of the library in her hometown is the title of which she is most proud.
“I’ve been around libraries all my life,” Trawick said. “I remember coming to the library in Brundidge when it was up those creaky stairs above the old city hall on North Main Street. The Brundidge library was where I wanted to be if there was ever an opportunity.”
Five years after Trawick retired from her career as a librarian, she had that opportunity and she was ready to, once again, be surrounded by books.
Trawick follows in the big footprints of Jean Carroll who served as the director of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library for 19 years. However, Trawick brings a wealth of experience to the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library.
She holds a master’s in library science from the University of Alabama. She had a long and distinguished career in library administration including the MacArthur Library administrative coordinator Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Opp, Ala., public library service consultant in Montgomery and electronic services librarian at Troy University.
Trawick has served on the Alabama Library Association executive council and the Alabama Information Literacy Initiative Steering Committee. She planned and coordinated the Title III Information Literacy Pilot Project and served as the state e-rate coordinator for public libraries.
“When I interviewed for the job at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, I was asked what changes I would like to make and what new ideas I would like to bring to the library,” Trawick said. “Thinking about it, I want to plan for results. I would like to bring together stakeholders to brainstorm. I want to know what others think we need to do to bring more people into the library and what they think we can do to make the library an even more vital part of the community. I’m excited to have this opportunity, and right now, I’m just getting used to being here.”
Jennifer Amlong has been appointed the library’s assistant director. Amlong has been an employee of the city for 19 years and was most recently the children’s librarian. Trawick said Amlong will be a valued assistant and she looks forward to working with her and the entire library staff.
Trawick and her husband, Lenny, have a daughter, Amanda Trawick, and a son and daughter-in-law, Zack and Nicole Trawick. The family attends Tennille United Methodist Church.