by Lisa Tome
After a busy summer, Christy Reynolds is working to catch her breath.
Reynolds has been doing double duty, overseeing both the Chesapeake City Branch and the library in Rising Sun for several months.
Reynolds, who has managed the branch in Chesapeake City since 2008, has gained a great deal of experience while working at the local branches. She has worked at Elkton Central, North East, and Rising Sun branches. In May, after Mitzi Fields at Rising Sun retired, Reynolds began splitting her time between both branches. The search is underway to find a replacement for her as manager in Chesapeake City.
"Summer was hectic. But Rising Sun has been so welcoming. And the staff here is great. I have such good staffs at Chesapeake City and at Rising Sun. I've gotten a lot of support from everyone but it was definitely hectic," said Reynolds.
She's been spending two days of her work week in Chesapeake City and three days in Rising Sun. "Rising Sun is one of the busiest branches. I am getting a sense of what is going on. It's been so busy but I think I've balanced it pretty well," she said. Chesapeake City is a smaller branch than Rising Sun. "The size of the collection at Chesapeake City is small. I feel like I know everything we have there. I'm still getting to know what is in the collection here. I'm still learning about our programming and services," she said.
Since she already has a sense of what goes on in Chesapeake City and knows what programs are popular there, she is trying to gather information on what people in Rising Sun want. "I want to find out what programs they like here," she said.
Already, additional sessions for the popular children's programs Movers and Groovers, Babytime, On My Own, and Baby Steps have been added at Rising Sun. That branch will also host a program on electric cars. An Ola Belle Reed program is also in the planning stages. "I want to know what people in Rising Sun want us to offer. We're still working on the fall (schedule) and I'm open to suggestions," Reynolds said.
"I'm so happy to be here. I grew up in Cecil County. I'm so glad to serve the community," said Reynolds. "I'm just so grateful for how welcoming everyone has been."
Reynolds isn't the only branch manager doing double duty. Carolyn Stepnitz manages both the Perryville and Port Deposit library branches.