A resume of our heroes
Dewey is a teen services librarian. When confronted with rude or crazy customers, he says the things we’d like say, but we don't because it would get us fired. He’d rather be reading comics or playing video games. Coffee and a sense of irony see him through new library polices.
Tamara is a children’s librarian. She enjoys Aikido, storytime, vegan cookbooks, and rainbows. Tamara is cheery and idealistic, but don’t cross her.
Colleen is an old-school reference librarian. She will defend the print reference collection to the death.
Mel is the library’s beleaguered manager. Caught between an unreasonable administration and noncompliant staff, she tries to keep the chaos to a minimum. Her great passions are fly fishing and office supplies.
Buddy is a former summer reading mascot who was hired as a library page. He still wears his costume every day. Buddy single-handedly keeps the books on the shelves.
Merv doesn’t like to read. He enjoys action figures, web surfing, and video games.
Ned is Mallville’s media-savvy attorney. He is also a civil libertarian who exercises his freedom of expression in a unique way.
Cathy is a high school teacher and Dewey’s girlfriend.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Noon Wednesdays at the library
Emerald Coast Hospice series
Nurse Daina Skinner and other experts from Emerald Coast Hospice will present community education programs at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 and Wednesday, June 26. They will share what their services entail, such as grief counseling. Sessions are in the meeting room at the library. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call Daina Skinner, RN, BSN, at (850) 862-1069.
The Hospice also is presenting "Hopeful Hearts", a bereavement support group. They will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays from May 31 through July 19. All materials and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call social worker Jennifer Gilbert at (850) 862-1069
In memory of Fran Roesch
Memorial services were held Dec. 8, 2012, for Fran Roesch, who died Nov. 23 at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola.
Services were at her residence in Azalea Trace in Pensacola and at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Navarre. A celebration of her life also was held at Navarre Library.
Fran, who helped organize and then supervised the Friends of Navarre Library's book store for years until she stepped down late in 2008, saw the store named in her honor at that time.
She was also active in greyhound rescue and sponsored several greyhounds for adoption in the area. Patt Stewart, president of the Friends of Navarre Library, said the Friends plans to donate several books on greyhounds to the Navarre Library to further remember her contributions.
To read more of her life and family, please click here.
Bernice (Gwen) Wilson is director of the Santa Rosa County Library System.
Before stepping into the director’s office, Wilson was manager of the Milton Library. Previously she was a volunteer and employee at Navarre. She has masters degrees in human relations and library science.
She oversees the library system and its five libraries in Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Pace and Jay.
Navarre Garden Club spruces up grounds
Members of the Navarre Garden Club pose after sprucing up the planting beds and grounds around the library.
Clubs honor Kathleen Wells with live oak
The Friends of Navarre Library and the Navarre Garden Club planted a live oak behind the Navarre Library to honor Kathleen Wells. She was a charter member of both organizations.