★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

An opportunity offered Roanoke by its surrounding universities is a chance to retain some of the talented, energetic students the schools attract. During their tenure here, we introduce them to our community and hope that something sticks. Fortunately, Marissa Mazek stuck. The 28 year-old Roanoke Public Libraries community services assistant moved to Roanoke to attend… Continue reading ★ Marissa Mazek sticks around to make a difference

★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

Think of it: an 18 wheeler filled with books - 40,000 of them.  That many words could form a novella. That many books can help shape the reading capacity of a generation in a community. But they don't just hop off the truck and into the hands of organizations and families. Volunteer to help sort… Continue reading ★ Roanoke’s BIG book event: Volunteer for Books on Wheels October 3 – 7

★ Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger on building stellar teams in the Star City

Roanoke Public Libraries Director Sheila Umberger was first hired by the City in 1982 to convert the traditional card catalog into computer code. That theme of transition is woven throughout her career, and since 2004, she has steered the library system in an ongoing response to the opportunities and needs of a changing community. In… Continue reading ★ Roanoke Libraries Director Sheila Umberger on building stellar teams in the Star City