Lynne Holloway is saying goodbye

Lynne Holloway, director of the Augusta Public Library for the past almost six years, prepares to say goodbye to the community she and her husband Ken have grown to love.

“We’ve enjoyed living here. The small town atmosphere has been wonderful and I’ll miss our church and all of the friends we’ve made,” she said.

She and her husband, along with their two sons before they were grown, lived in a variety of places. Pulling up roots is not a new experience.

“We are moving back to Boca Raton, Fla., to be closer to Ken’s parents. They need us and it is the right thing to do,” she explained.

She and her husband moved here from Boca Raton and she feels fortunate she has been offered her previous job as director of the Boca Raton Public Library.

“It’s a miracle,” she said.

Holloway feels she is leaving the Augusta library in a good place. She’s proud of the technology plan in place. The building has wifi and more computer stations for the adults. There is a new integrated circulation system and she oversaw the addition of electronic material to the library collection, including eBooks and audio books.

“eBooks are free and available. They are great for children who don’t want to read traditional books,” she said. “Parents should take advantage of them.”

She is quick to share that her job in Augusta was fun because she was able to do a variety of tasks, interacting with everyone. She especially enjoyed Story Time and the children’s programs.

“The staff has the children’s programs down to a fine science and the Friends of the Library are huge supporters of all the children’s events,” she added. “One of the main reasons I took this job was because of the active group of Friends. They make so many things possible for the library.”

Holloway loves books and reading has been a life-long passion.

She knows opening up the library for meetings, classes and community events helps get people in the door.

“They’re all great ways to help libraries survive and bring people in,” she said.

Ken will be missed, too. His volunteer work in Augusta has included The Augusta Historical Society and the Community Caring Center.

A farewell reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 3 at the Augusta Public Library, 1609 State St.

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