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Posted on: March 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Corsicana Welcomes Marianne Follis as new Library Director

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CORSICANA, TX – March 21, 2018 – Dr. Marianne Follis has been appointed as the Corsicana Public Library Director this month.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Follis has lived in Texas for 23 years and has been in Library service positions in Texas for 13 years in Coppell, Lewisville and Irving, and brief service in California. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1990, a Master of Library Service from Texas Woman’s University in 2004, and a Doctorate in Library and Information Studies from Texas Women’s University in 2012.

Her professional memberships include the American Library Association and Texas Library Association. For the American Library Association, she served on the John Newbery Medal Award Committee from 2010 to 2014 and served as Councilor-at-Large from 2014 to 2017. For the Texas Library Association, she served on the Children’s Round Table as Chair-Elect from 2011 to 2014, and on the Young Adult Round Table, also Chair-Elect from 2014 to 2017.

In addition to her service, she has held the title of Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky, Sam Houston State University and Texas Women’s University.

She will oversee a staff of four full-time, four part-time and volunteers at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 North 12th Street. A public reception will be held to meet Marianne Follis in the Nancy Roberts Meeting Room at the Library on March 26, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Library members and all citizens are encouraged to attend.

About the Corsicana Public Library

The Corsicana Public Library is designed to provide library materials, programs, and services to enhance the educational, informational, recreational, and civic life of residents of the larger community. In conjunction with other community libraries, it serves as a part of a network of libraries ensuring that the library service needs of the Navarro County communities are being met.

The library develops resources, information / reference services, and programs of interest to all age groups and works with the city administration and all city departments to enhance opportunities available to all citizens. The Corsicana Public Library serves as a vital community center that strives to provide free access to all information for all people. Among the services offered are: Series & Sequels, which allows readers to check out the next book in a series or sequel, YourNextRead, an aid to discover, download or check out a book among the enormous volume of choice of books, KidsRead, which offers book reviews, author interviews and contests for young, engaged readers, and an easy tool for the Accelerated Reader with The Corsicana Public Library’s Facebook page posts all upcoming events. Open daily at 10:00 a.m. except Sunday, until 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, and until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

About Corsicana, Texas

Corsicana, Texas is where Texas oil was born in 1894, is about 45 minutes south of Dallas on I-45. Here, the intersection of history, industry, business and creative arts is still present. Historic Downtown Corsicana, with brick streets and locally-owned boutiques, offer a friendly place to gather for festivals, events, CTX Kids happenings, and small-town celebrations. Local parks, playgrounds, sports facilities and events, under the direction of the Corsicana Parks & Recreation Department, is among the best in the state. Corsicana is home to Lake Halbert dam and recreational park and is less than 15 miles from Richland Chambers Reservoir, with recreational fishing, public boat ramps, and 330 miles of green shoreline. Richland Chambers Reservoir is the third-largest lake by surface area and the eighth-largest reservoir by water volume in Texas. The city’s ‘can do’ attitude toward business affords unique opportunities for all type of business, utilizing a variety of economic growth programs. Corsicana is home to Navarro College, which offers Associate degrees and is also a satellite facility of Texas A&M University-Commerce, through which students can receive bachelor's and graduate degrees. The city is best known as the home of the Collin Street Bakery, which has been making fruitcakes since 1896, now with global distribution, Oil City Iron Works, Inc. the city’s oldest continually operating business founded in 1866 to make parts for the owner's cotton gin and today, a ductile and gray iron foundry, and Wolf Brand Chili, a national brand started in 1895 as a downtown by-the-bowl lunch wagon.

For more information, contact the office of the City Manager,; 903-654-4803.

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