Carol G. Walters, who has spent the past 31 years working for the Sandhill Regional Library System, has announced her retirement.
She began her career with the system working as director of the Montgomery County Public Library for 14 years, then as Regional Director for Anson, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond counties.
During her tenure, SRLS won more than 28 state and national awards for programming and promoting libraries in the sandhills. Walters and the SRLS team acquired close to $3 million in grants to enhance library service and literacy in Anson, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore and Richmond counties. She served on the boards of the American Library Association, Library Administration Association and the Public Library Association, and she served as president of PLA Marketing Section.
Personal awards have included American Library Association Allie Beth Martin Award for Excellence in Librarianship, Lama Board Award, North Carolina Governor’s Award and UNC-G School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award.
“I’m most proud of growing and empowering the staff in our system, expanding library public relations efforts and advocating for libraries at home, in Raleigh and in Washington,” said Walters. “I’m also proud of promoting literacy through storytelling. Few people earn a salary for doing something they truly love, and I’ve been blessed.”
She’s considering completing her second master’s degree, and learning to play the dulcimer in her free time.
Walters will be mentoring the incoming SRLS Director, Jesse E. Gibson, for six months, with a transitional team of SRLS trustees. Aug. 1 will be Gibson’s first day as director.