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Library director brings new ideas

Published 11:50am Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Dadeville Public Library has begun a new chapter with a new library director.

Abbigale Mangarelli comes to the library from Fayetteville, Ga. She grew up in Alexander City and graduated from Benjamin Russell High School, after which she went on to major in business administration with a focus in finance at Auburn University.

“I have a lot of great ideas about bringing the library into the 21st century,” Mangarelli said. “We just need more patrons to come in and experience the library.”

Previously employed as a background specialist doing employee verification, Mangarelli said the career change comes through her love of reading and her family background in the library field – her grandmother was a librarian over a district of ten libraries.

Mangarelli said she loves the Dadeville Public Library.

“It’s big enough but small enough,” Mangarelli said. “It’s big enough to where we can get you almost any book you want, but small enough to where you know your patrons.”

Robin Foster with library board presented Mangarelli’s name as a candidate for the position to the Dadeville City Council Jan. 15.

“She has high education, high financial education,” Foster said. “We really feel that she can do the job.”

Mangarelli said she will continue to promote programs already in place at the library, such as Meet the Author events and children’s story time. She also wants to focus on updating technology and bringing in more e-book options.

“I’ve met quite a few patrons already,” Mangarelli said. “People are excited that I’m here.”