SPRINGVILLE—Jennifer Morris was officially welcomed as Hulbert LIbrary of the Town of Concord librarian with an open house on July 19. The occasion also served as a way for the community to thank former librarian Bridgette Heintz.
Morris took over the position at the Hulbert Library in March, after Heintz announced her resignation in January to take a position at the Grand Island Memorial Library. Her transition has been going well, Heintz said, but she was happy to return to Springville to see the staff and residents she connected with through the years.
“I do miss the community and people out here,” she said. “It took 20 minutes for me to get from the back parking lot to the front door because everyone was like Bridgette, Bridgette, Bridgette … it was like home days.”
That same community spirit has made Morris’ time thus far in Springville welcoming.
“It was a nice night … It was very humbling,” Morris said.
The two still see each other at meetings and continue to stay in touch. Morris is very appreciative of the help Heintz gave her when she first started and was happy to see her come to the open house and return to her former stomping grounds.
“When I first started, I was calling her with questions. She is very open and very generous with her time helping me get acclimated to the new position here,” Morris said. “Seeing her here, being with her in person at the library that she directed was nice to have us all together.”
From the kids programs to story time, rock painting and more, the community has been very welcoming to Morris as she continues meeting everyone in the community and planning more programs for those of all ages to enjoy.
“Having the programs and listening to what they want and what their interests are is really good for future planning,” Morris said. “I have ideas so I’m excited to start planning those.”