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Gramlin new leader of CCPL children’s department

Gramlin new leader of CCPL children’s department
Gramlin new leader of CCPL children’s department
Faith Gramlin, the new children’s department coordinator at the Crawford County Public Library, shelves books in the children’s department. Photo by Stephanie Taylor Ferriell
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]

There’s a new face in the children’s department at the Crawford County Public Library. Faith Gramlin began as children’s department coordinator Aug. 10.

“I’m excited to see where I can go with it,” said Gramlin, noting story time for preschool-aged children started Sept. 15.

The event takes place each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and includes a story and related activities.

Gramlin is looking forward to planning other children’s activities throughout the year.

“I love working with kids. I’ve always loved reading and creating that love of reading in kids when they’re young,” she said. “When the position became available, I knew I’d be a good fit for it.”

Library director Tracy Underhill described Gramlin as a dedicated member of the community who has a gift for working with children.

“She has a love of reading and genuinely cares about kids,” said Underhill. “She enjoys their company and wants to share her love of reading with them. She has a great energy and is a positive force; our community needs more people like her.”

Gramlin succeeds Isabella Akins, who left the position about a year ago to pursue a graduate degree. Underhill said Akins was a valued member of the library staff for several years and she took her time in finding her successor.

“The children’s coordinator is such an important role in any library,” Underhill said. “It takes a very special person to connect with kids and convey that love of reading. I really see that in Faith.”

Gramlin served as librarian at Patoka Elementary School (now West Crawford Elementary School) for four years. She also coached the school’s Battle of the Books team, helped lead the PTO and taught music. She has been a Cub Scout leader and is currently a Girl Scout leader.

Gramlin graduated in 1999 from New Albany High School and earned a business degree from Indiana University Southeast. She and her husband, Bryan, moved to Crawford County in 2012. She said they have no ties to the area; she’s a New Albany native, and her husband is from Washington County.

When they were looking for a place to live in Southern Indiana, they visited Crawford County and “we fell in love with it,” Gramlin said.

The couple have two children, Chance, an eighth grader, and Addy, who is in fourth grade.

Gramlin said the library serves as the center of the community and offers programs and services that are vital, especially in a rural area. She noted the library now has a number of laptops that can be utilized by residents. The laptops were purchased last year with funds from an Indiana Museum and Library Services grant. With the pandemic still impacting schools, they can help fill a need posed by virtual learning, noted Gramlin.

Gramlin said the library is a resource that can be utilized by families when children need internet access or when parents and other caregivers need technical assistance.

“Many kids are being raised by the older generation,” she said. “Grandparents can come in here and get access, have high-speed internet and get help from the staff. It’s just a really great resource to have in a rural community.”

When she’s not working at the library, Gramlin helps out with her husband’s hauling and excavating company. She and her children volunteer at the Lincoln Hills United Methodist Church Food Pantry and she is in charge of the pantry’s digital database and maintains its Facebook page.

In her spare time, Gramlin enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, traveling and, of course, reading.

She’s looking forward to meeting more library patrons and helping instill a love of reading in youngsters.

“They get so excited over books and get so caught up in the story and adventure,” said Gramlin. “It’s fun to read to them. I love it. I love seeing kids get excited about where books can take them.”