New Library Board Member Envisions More Community Involvement

The Anderson Public Library has a new board member, Reda Bianchi.  Reda replaced Mary Ann Abner starting this past board meeting after getting approval from the state government and the Anderson County Fiscal Court.  Reda, who has considerable library experience and loves to read, has plans to help the community and the library as a board member.

Reda started her career as an English major at Berea College.  She chose English as her under graduate degree with a plan to continue on to get a Master’s degree in library science as there wasn’t an option for library science at the undergrad level at the time.  After getting her degrees, she taught high school English in Middlesboro and then worked as a K-12 librarian.

She then started working with several statewide library committees and services.  She helped adopt policies and worked as a state evaluator of libraries.  Reda then ended up moving to Mercer County after hearing about an opening available from the state director of school libraries.  She then moved to Anderson County as she has family here.

As a board member of the Anderson Public Library, she would like to increase community use of the library and the awareness of all its amazing programs.  “I don’t think you can have enough community involvement,” Reda said while commenting on wanting to further promote the library’s functions.

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