Librarian Charlotte Wathen has served in her role in Wren for almost 18 years and in Hamilton for three, but she is retiring in June.

For the past nearly 18 years, librarian Charlotte Wathen has helped patrons check out books, sign up for library cards and log onto internet service. This month, she is closing that chapter of her life to spend time with family and travel.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. “I’m sad to leave.”

September would have marked her 18th year serving as librarian for Wren Public Library. She has served as librarian in Hamilton since 2016.

She was among 30 applicants for the Wren job after spending 16 years working at a family business in Amory.

Both the Wren and Hamilton communities have been supportive of their libraries, and Tombigbee Regional Library System Director Tanna Taylor hopes it won’t be long until Wathen’s position is filled.

“We are so grateful to Charlotte for her service. She has done a marvelous job adjusting to the changes. It’s big shoes we’re trying to fill right now,” Taylor said.

Applications were recently being reviewed before interviews were scheduled.

“We may not have regular hours for a couple of weeks,” Taylor said. “I’m a firm believer these smaller libraries are important to the smaller communities. They don’t have access to services such as internet like people in the larger cities.”

Tennessee wildlife biologist Bob Tarter is scheduled to present programs June 20 at noon at Hamilton Public Library and June 26 at 1 p.m. in Wren as part of the summer reading programs.

“We have volunteers who will help with the summer reading programs. I hope to have someone hired in some capacity before then,” Taylor said.

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