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Community welcomes Lett to library system

At left, Rosalind Lett, left, speaks with Elizabeth Gower from Arts Clayton during the meet and greet for Lett at the Headquarters Library. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

At left, Rosalind Lett, left, speaks with Elizabeth Gower from Arts Clayton during the meet and greet for Lett at the Headquarters Library. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Food and flowers were part of the decorations at the meet and greet for new Clayton County Library System Director Rosalind Lett. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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A cake was part of the welcoming meet and greet for Rosalind Lett. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Rosalind Lett speaks with members of the community during the meet and greet welcoming her to Clayton County. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Heather Bullard-Maddox, a library assistant at Forest Park, has a snack at the meet and greet welcoming Rosalind Lett to the community. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Healthy snacks and sweet treats were served at the meet and greet for Rosalind Lett. She is the new Clayton County Library System director. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — Members of the community turned out to welcome new Clayton County Library Director Rosalind Lett.

Lett is meeting with library employees and putting together a strategic plan for the library system.

“We are looking at where we want to be in five to 10 years and how we can get there,” Lett said.

Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Lett was most recently associate director of Public Services at the Huntsvile-Madison County Public Library. While there she earned the Movers & Shakers Award given by the Library Journal.

The award is given to “emerging leaders in the library world,” according to their website.

Lett has been in the library field for more than 20 years. She has been apart of several prestigious libraries, including Vanderbilt, Cornell and Emory universities.

Now in Clayton County, Lett is setting her sights on improving technology and making services more accessible to residents.

“I’m really passionate about lifelong learning,” Lett said. “I want to do more community outreach and keep encouraging people to read, especially the kids.”

Heather Bullard-Maddox, a library assistant in Forest Park, has already had the opportunity to speak with Lett about the future of the libraries.

“She was really nice and I look forward to working with her here,” Bullard-Maddox said.

Lett said it’s been nice meeting everyone in the library system and the community.

“There’s a strong partnership between the library and our community,” Lett said. “Don’t be a stranger to us.”

Lett said she’s also looking forward to learning the mission and vision of Clayton County so “we can align ourselves with where the county is going.”