Kay Stidham will be the new Youth Services Librarian at the Kilgore Public Library.

Kilgore Public Library recently said goodbye to longtime Youth Services Librarian Marilyn Kitchens, well-known for her Children’s Storytime events and her participation in library activities for youngsters.

Another library-loving library staff member has stepped up to take her place, continuing the library’s ongoing mission to help Kilgore kids learn to love reading. Kay Stidham will be the new Youth Services Librarian.

“I’ve been going to libraries as long as I can remember,” Stidham said, when asked about her lifelong love of libraries.

“My family moved a lot when I was growing up. One of the first things we did was to find the local library. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to be the Youth Services Librarian.”

She has already been enjoying her time at the library, working part-time there since 2018. Along the way, she has developed relationships with patrons and enjoys helping them find the next book that will capture their imagination and attention.

“My favorite part is helping our patrons and visitors of all ages and getting to know them. I love seeing how happy people are to find out that library cards are free even if you do not live in Kilgore. We have patrons that drive from Marshall to bring their families here.”

Along with her lifelong love of libraries, Stidham brings a lifelong love of books with her in her new role at KPL.

“My favorite book is ‘English Orphans’ by Mary J. Holmes. My grandmother first got a copy of this book as a Christmas gift in the early 1900s. It was the first book she ever owned. My sister and I both read her copy when we were teenagers. Then we later bought copies of this book for our own daughters. It became a little tradition for the women in our family.”

Originally from Oregon, Stidham’s husband is from Texas and the two met and married in Nevada. Their daughter was born in California. Kilgoreites will certainly be glad she made her way to our fair city and our historic library.

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