Rural Hall welcomes new librarian

Crystal Holland is the new Branch Manager at the Forsyth County Public Library Rural Hall Branch.

RURAL HALL — The Rural Hall branch library welcomed a new Branch Manager on May 11. Crystal Holland transferred within the Forsyth Library system to the Rural Hall branch.

The previous Branch Manager, Lara Luck, is also still within the Forsyth Library system, now serving at the Central Library administration office.

Holland grew up in north Davidson County and went on to study at UNC Chapel Hill, receiving both a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Masters degree in Library Science. She has spent time teaching English in Moscow, Russia, and working in Philadelphia at both the Free Library and DeVry University.

Holland has worked with the Forsyth County Library since 2007. With her expertise in technology and training, she served as the Adult Services Librarian at the Kernersville branch.

“I grew up in a rural area, so coming to this branch feels like coming home,” said Holland.

Her plans for the branch include increasing the class offerings. “I want to increase attendance in the classes we offer and provide more options for all ages,” said Holland. She explained that the temporary increase in staff, due to the construction of Central Library, will allow for more variety in class times and community outreach.

Expanding the Friends of the Library group is another goal for Holland. “The Friends group is critical to providing support and feedback,” said Holland. She expressed her gratitude for the current members, mentioning that the next meeting of the Friends will be held in September.

“I am very open to feedback from the community about what type of programs they want,” said Holland. She emphasized that she wants the library to be a good resource tailored to the needs of the people in this area.

“I just love helping people,” said Holland. “I look forward to meeting as many people as possible.”

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.