Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016
CONTACT:    Roy L. Williams                                
                        Director of Public Relations             
                        Birmingham Public Library                          
                        Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
Meet the new branch manager at Smithfield Branch Library, Heather McWilliams

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
College degree: undergraduate and master’s degrees in library science at the University of Alabama
Favorite book: “Dark Tower” by Stephen King
Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”
Favorite television show: “The Walking Dead”
Favorite quote that you use as a guide in life: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
How to reach her: Call McWilliams at Smithfield Branch Library at (205) 324-8428 or visit the library at #1 8th Ave. West, Birmingham AL 35204          
Heather McWilliams hired as new branch manager at Smithfield Branch Library  

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Smithfield Branch Library, #1 8th Ave. West, has a new branch manager. Heather McWilliams, 29, began overseeing the library on Aug. 22, 2016.

Before joining the  Birmingham Public Library (BPL), McWilliams served as head librarian the past two years at the Helen Keller Public Library in Tuscumbia, Ala., the oldest chartered public library in Alabama. A Tuscaloosa native, McWilliams attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Alabama, where she obtained a master’s of library science degree in 2011.  

Upon graduation, McWilliams worked at Bevill State Community College as a librarian before moving to work at the Rose Creek Public Library in Woodstock, Ga., where she discovered a passion for working at a public library.

“I enjoyed my time at the previous libraries and am excited to be part of the Birmingham Public Library system,” McWilliams said. “I look forward to learning more about the Smithfield Branch and meeting its patrons.”

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