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July 16, 2013

Walton library names new director

Karen Troutman will take over for retired Gordon Southern.

Karen Troutman was voted in as the new Walton-Tipton Township Public Library director at a board meeting July 9.

A member of the community for 30 years, Troutman is excited about her position.

“I feel very honored to serve the community of Walton,” she said. “The Walton library is a wonderful community gathering spot.”

Troutman is replacing Gordon Southern, who retired as director after eight years. Troutman was able to work with Southern for about 10 days.

“He’s been a great mentor,” Troutman said. “He’s such a good person and he also gave me his cell number and email in case anything comes up and I need guidance.”

The most difficult thing about the position is being aware of the laws that have to be followed, Southern said. Southern said he knows Troutman will be out in the community getting involved.

“She has been a patron at the library for a long time,” Southern said. “I think she will be great. She’s a very outgoing person.”

Troutman, a retired teacher from Maconaquah, thinks her experience will help her in the new role. She became a sixth-grade reading teacher when she first graduated from Purdue University in 1983. She earned her master’s degree from Purdue in 1986 and was the first elementary counselor at Maconaquah before she became a second-grade teacher.

There were several applicants for the director position, said Marlene Remley, library board president.

“The applicants were all pretty good, but [Troutman] was more involved in our community,” Remley said. “She is community-minded and that’s what we wanted.”

Troutman plans to get teens, young adults involved more, possibly with writing for the library newsletter.

Troutman, who hopes to play a big part in the Walton community, has three sons. Troutman has been involved in the community through church, Cass County 4-H and Cass County Extension Homemakers Club. She teaches Sunday school at First Baptist Church, Galveston, where her husband, John, is a deacon.

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