Cullman County Public Library Honors Lesia Coleman for 34 years of Service

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Sharon Schuler Kreps/CullmanSense

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Public Library Board and employees recently honored long time librarian, Lesia Coleman, for her 34 years of outstanding service. On Thursday, in appreciation for her dedication to the library, Coleman was presented with a set of Grace Livingston Hill’s books to be shelved in the library.

Lesia was originally a volunteer for the library and worked in the Technical Services Department.

Later she helped with the bill paying and processing on a part-time basis. Eventually she moved up to full time employment under the direction of Mrs. Bettina Pearson Higdon in 1981 and has been there ever since.

A voracious reader, Lesia contributes her love for reading to her mother.

Mrs. Coleman enjoyed Christian fiction, especially books written by Grace Livingston Hill. Young Lesia would eagerly read each book as soon as her mother would finish. 

Lesia was the head of circulation for years until she was promoted to the reader service coordinator. The past five years she has been the head of public services.

She has contributed her talents to collection development in the adult fiction. She makes selections for the assisted living and senior citizen centers. She heads the book club, “Knit One, Read Too” and often gives book reviews to various clubs and organizations. 

“If you need any help in the library, see Lesia Coleman,” said Dean Green, library board chairman. “Her reference desk is centrally located as you walk into the library. She will be happy to answer questions and to help you find materials,” she smiled proudly.

“I don’t know what we’d do without her,” said Max Hand, director of the Cullman County Public Library System. 

When asked about being honored, Lesia was obviously humbled, yet all smiles. 

“I’m just happy. Over all the years, I’ve tried to help the people the best that I could. I’m very glad for the library board to recognize my years of service,” she grinned. 

Truly Lesia Coleman loves her job and it shows. Next time you are in the library, be sure to congratulate her for her 34 years of service.