County librarian Boyd
to retire after 26-plus years
guided the renovation
of the library in recent years
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2008) When Carroll
County Public Library Director Jarrett Boyd retires on Dec. 31, she
will have many accomplishments to remember. The position has been more
than a job to her over the last three decades, she says
What Ive loved most about working at the library has been
getting to know the people of the community, said Boyd. One of
her most favorite times was anytime a large shipment of books would
arrive. Seeing what we got was like Christmas.
The joy and dedication she put into her job will be missed by library
patrons. Its always been my goal to improve on what weve
done in the past, said Boyd, who is retiring because of state
by April Wilson
she wants to travel
after she retires.
An Open House is planned from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec.
29 at the newly remodeled library, located at 136 Court St. A reception
is planned in Boyds honor from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with music and
hors d' oeuvres. RSVPs must be made for the reception.
Boyd is originally from Grant County, Ky., where she has family roots
back through many generations. She earned an undergraduate degree from
the University of Kentucky and her master's degree from John Hopkins
University in Baltimore. Boyd taught high school English in three different
schools in Baltimore for 16 years before returning to Kentucky. She
also taught journalism and was a newspaper advisor for one of the schools.
Upon returning to Kentucky, she and her husband purchased land in Henry
County. She saw an advertisement in a local paper for a Library Director
for the Carroll County Public Library and applied for the position.
She began working for the library in June 1982 and moved to Carrollton
a few years later.
Boyd said she is extremely proud of having had the opportunity to introduce
childrens programming to the library. In her tenure there, she
has transformed the library into a sort of cultural center for
the community, she said. Boyd and several of her staff won statewide
recognition for their efforts.
She took the library from a very inadequate library to an outstanding
library, said Charlie Webster, vice president of the Carroll County
Public Library Foundation. Webster was also chairman of the Library
Board for seven years and worked closely with Boyd on many projects.
The seed for a new library was planted when Webster was chairman of
the Board and several attempts were made to put the project into motion.
He credits the fundraising success of the project to the reputation
Boyd established at the existing library.
Webster refers to the current state-of-the-art library as our
jewel in downtown. Boyds organizational skills, the creation
of programs and her ability to effectively apply for and receive grants
were some of her best strengths as Library Director, said Webster. She
was very effective and outspoken at legislative sessions in Frankfort,
with the goal of promoting the Carroll County Public Library for the
community, he said.
He was chairman of the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Recreation
board when Point In Time, a historical production, was performed
at Carrollton's Point Park several years ago. Boyd helped to create
this outdoor drama.
There were many people involved, but without Jarrett, this project
never would have happened, said Evelyn Welch, Butler-Turpin Historic
House Museum Manager. Welch was on the initial committee created by
Boyd for the production and performed in every performance.
Welch, who has been close friends with Boyd for a long time, said, She
was driven to do something for tourism at this time.
Boyd spearheaded the project, putting together a grant and receiving
funding for the production. She hired Kevin Stonerock to research and
write the production, and tapped Kentucky Humanities scholar Gurney
Norman to provide direction for the project.
Boyd frequently made it a point to recognize what other communities
were doing and to do like things in Carrollton by adding our own original
twist to it, said Welch.
Boyd was involved with beginning the Blues to the Point Festival, said
Webster. He was the first chairman of the festival. He said Boyd is
responsible for bringing high quality events to the community.
Her strength in grant writing paid for a lot of programming at the library
as well. An adult memoir writing project produced a publication, One
Thirty-Six Court Street. The automation of the library was a major
occurrence that Boyd witnessed in her time as director.
Boyd was able to get construction funding through grants for the new
library and work began in 2005. The Carroll County Public Library Foundation
and the local community raised more than $600,000. The $1.5 million
was borrowed, with $64,000 to be paid back annually over a 20-year period.
The former building was worn out, said Boyd. It was
not planned for the technology that was suddenly a part of everyday
use. Its been a challenge to keep up with everything, but
Boyd said she has loved every minute of it. No replacement has yet been
Boyd has not made any definite future plans for her retirement, preferring
not to exclude any opportunities that may present themselves. She may
return to Florida, where she spent her high school years, and visit
friends in Baltimore. Boyd said she has a vague notion of traveling
to all 120 Kentucky counties, and taking the Megabus to Chicago, a city
For more information on the Carroll County
Public Librarys Open House or to make reservations for the reception
for Jarrett Boyd, contact the library at (502) 732-7020.
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