Brittany Downs officially assumed the title of librarian at the Booneville Public Library on Feb. 1.

Previously a clerk, Downs has worked for the library for almost five years.

Downs said she is excited about the move.

“I like working with kids. I love reading,” she said. “Since I’ve been here I’ve gotten involved in a lot of programs with kids. It just seems to me very important that the kids have someplace to go after school — fun, educational and to keep them in the library, keep them interested in reading.”

The new librarian also sees an ability to grow the library.

“I feel like our library has a lot of potential. It’s a place were everybody feels welcome to come in here and job search, participate in our programs, and that includes everyone, parents and children” said Downs.

The library offers the General John Paul McConnell exhibit, an extensive genealogy department, public access wi-fi and computers, programs for babies to 19-year olds including anime, sewing, story hour, teen craft, kids craft, and Downs already has plans for a new program.

“I’m hoping now that I’m placed here that I’ll be bringing in a new program about coding for the kids,” she said.

The start date for the program could be as early as July, but could be pushed back to the fall, Downs said.

“The kids really seem to like it. We’ve dabbled in it a little bit,” said Downs.

Because Downs was promoted from within there had an opening at the library for a clerk, which was filled last week.

Downs is also involved in the community and says she expects to be here for a while.

“I’m here to stay. My kids go to school here,” she said. “I’ve got roots here now. I love Booneville and I love being a part of the community, and I’m a people person.”