2012-02-01 / Front Page

New boss takes over Reber Memorial Library

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter


NEW LIBRARIAN Micaela Wright. NEW LIBRARIAN Micaela Wright. Micaela Wright has taken the helm of the Reber Memorial Library and plans to bring the public facility on par with today’s technology.

One project which will be implemented soon is an e-library system where users of the library will be able to download their favorite books into a Kindle of other device instead of checking out a book as is done today.

“I have been looking into how on- line publications work,” she said, “and we should be able to have this system in the coming weeks.”

Wright was hired by the county commissioners court to lead the three-employee library that operates on an annual budget of $157,163 and reported to work a little more than two weeks ago.

Although she was born in Germany and lived in other places before settling in the Dallas area where she worked as an administrator for the University of Texas Southwestern Center, Wright came to Raymondville about five years ago to work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church as director of music and literature.

However, her job was eliminated because of budget constraints and she worked for about 18 months as a substitute teacher with the Raymondville and San Perlita school districts.

In the meantime, Wright kept her options open for a full- time job and the opportunity showed up when the librarian job opened after Virginia Barron retired. She served 42 years with the county, including 10 years as the city librarian.

Barron was making $ 47,751 a year, including benefits.

Wright was offered the position after County Judge John F. Gonzales Jr. interviewed a pool of seven applicants and recommended the job to the commissioners court and they approved the appointment early this month.

Wright said she has a great staff and will try to tap into their experience to improve the library here and to increase its effectiveness

“ I am open to any suggestions,” she said. “ I would like to hear from everyone about what they would to see at the library.”

“I would like to a have a more vibrant community outreach system,” she said. “This is an open-door public facility.”

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