Former volunteer steps up to
take over Newton library duties
Newton Library's new director Sara Rigby completes a
library decoration project started by local Boy Scouts.
/ Photo by Rachel Christensen
November 25, 2008 | NEWTON -- Sara Rigby stepped up
to the plate when Cleo Griffin retired from her position
as director of the Newton Library this month.
Although Rigby graduated college with a degree in
teaching, she said she decided to change her field of
work and recently finished a state certification program
to become a librarian. The program is carried over 2.5
years, Rigby said, and consists of a three-day session
in the spring and another in the fall. Rigby said the
sessions lasted about 20 hours and taught subjects such
as administration and cataloguing.
Rigby said she moved to Newton with her husband and
six children, ranging from 2 to 13 years in age, when
her husband was hired for a teaching position in Smithfield.
"We moved to Newton six years ago and I started volunteering
[at the library]," she said. "I've always loved books."
Rigby and her family chose to move to Newton so her
husband could have some separation from his students
in Smithfield, Rigby said.
"You can let your kids go to the park and their friends
will be there, and you don't have to worry about strangers
being there," she said of Newton. "Everybody rides their
bikes. It's that farming community and people help each
Rigby has worked three years alongside Cleo Griffin.
She said besides a few quirks, the two have the same
ideals and goals for the library. Rigby said she agrees
with Griffin's management style and doesn't plan on
deviating far from Griffin's way of running the library.
"Everyone has their own style of doing things," she
said. "Once I find my niche, I don't think it will be
Rigby said her favorite literature genres are romance
and suspense, which she said make a good story when
the two types are combined. Rigby's favorite book is
Island of the Blue Dolphin and has been such
since her youth.
"My teacher read it to us in fourth grade and I always
still love it," she said.
The library position is neither full-time nor part-time,
and Rigby said it's nice because she can work a couple
of days and still spend time with her family.
"To work with kids and adults is a perfect combination,"
she said. "I love meeting people and working with them."