PLANT CITY Kate Chang, who was known for endearing herself to youngsters as Bruton Memorial Library’s children’s librarian, has taken a similar job in Marion County.
Chang’s last day at Bruton Memorial was Friday after two years as children’s librarian.
“She did a great job and we’re all sorry to see her go,” Library Director Anne Haywood. “She was very good at her job because she really had a way with children.”
Chang was very creative in her children’s programing, and kids flocked to the library to take part, Haywood said. The programs were fun for the children but also nurtured their reading skills and desire to learn, Haywood said.
Chang, 26, said she was happy with her job in Plant City, but she’s moving to be closer to family. She grew up in Citrus County, and she still has relatives there and in Gainesville.
“I miss my family. Ocala is about half way between Citrus County and Gainesville so I’ll be able to see them a lot more often,” she said.
Chang said she wasn’t looking for a new job but when a relative sent her an advertisement about the opening, she felt it was time to try to move closer to her former home. Chang will work at the Marion County Public Library System’s headquarters in Ocala.
Chang became children’s services librarian in 2012 following the retirement of Carol Lane. Chang also spent a year as Bruton Memorial’s computer services librarian.
Chang, who has a master’s in library and information science from the University of South Florida, said she’ll miss her old job.
“I’ll especially miss my little (library) patrons,” she said. “The parents were sad when I told them I was leaving but the youngest ones were too young to understand.”
Haywood plans to advertise the position Chang left in the next few weeks. Haywood said longtime assistant children’s librarian Debbie Clark remains on staff, which will help ease the transition.
Haywood hopes to hire a new children’s librarian in about a month.