Posted September 9th, 2019 in Uncategorized
Charlotte Parsons, Washington County Public Library System director, retires at the end of September. A retirement party is planned for Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m., at the main library in Abingdon, Virginia.
Parsons became the library director in 1993. She retires after more than 25 years serving as the director of the Washington County Public Library System. Besides tending to the day-to-day library operations, she oversaw strengthening library services throughout Washington County. Notable are the enhancement of services and the renovation of space in former school in the Hayters Gap community, renovation of the Peery building in the Glade Spring town square, and construction of a new Damascus Branch which opened in 2012.
The Internet age dawned shortly after Parsons became director, and she led the effort to implement library computer services throughout the county.
She made the decision to be the first public library to join the Holston Associated Libraries consortium where Emory & Henry College, King University, and Tazewell County collaborated on sharing resources.
Parsons also worked to establish the Washington County Public Library Foundation whose ‘A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket’ became a local popular fundraiser for the library. Parsons excelled at forming partnerships with other local organizations to benefit library programs and services.
The tagline on Charlotte Parsons email signature is “Libraries Change Lives.” The belief that public libraries make a difference in individual’s lives and the life of a community is seen from her two and a half decades of leadership of public library service.
The retirement party is free and open to the public. Refreshments are served. The event is hosted by the Washington County Public Library Board of Trustees, Washington County Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Washington County Public Library and The Booklovers Club of Washington County, Virginia.