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New managers chosen for Auburn, Winder libraries

WINDER - Auburn and Winder libraries will each get new managers this summer, announced Alan Harkness, Piedmont Regional Library System's regional director.

Katharine McKean's life on the road is about to halt.

McKean, who operates the bookmobile throughout Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, will give up her steering wheel to manage Auburn's new library.

McKean will move into her new position in July, managing a staff of two. Auburn's 6,100-square-foot library is under construction behind City Hall and is expected to open in the fall, replacing Auburn's approximately 800-square-foot library. It is being built with local funds from the city of Auburn and the state.

"Kitty will start her training in July at the Auburn library so she will be involved with the move and any hiring that might have to be done," Harkness said.

McKean has been employed by PRLS since October 2005.

"Auburn's circulation will at least triple with the move from the little, tiny building into the larger one," McKean said. "Braselton now has five times the circulation they had before moving."

McKean plans to initiate a young adult program and add to the existing children's program by coordinating with local public school media specialists.

"With Auburn sitting on the Gwinnett County line, it will keep growing and it's good they are building up their library now," McKean said.

New manager of

Winder library branch

Angel Tuggle will become the manager of the Winder library branch effective July 9. She brings eight progressive years of supervisory experience with Starbucks.

"A library is very much like a retail setting and we try to run it like one," Harkness said. "She is very enthusiastic. Her retail customer service experience will be a real asset to the Winder Library."

Tuggle grew up in Barrow County and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in English. She succeeds Patrick Fitzgerald, who is leaving to pursue a master's in library science in North Carolina.

Tuggle visualizes growing the Winder library into a center for the community.

"The library itself is an oasis of learning," Tuggle said. "I want the Winder library to be an exciting place for people of all ages."

Both positions pay $27,000 per year.