Poe Library is pleased to welcome Jessie Austin-Scaff as its new branch manager.
Originally from St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Jessie has relocated to the Charleston area with her husband, a Charleston native and US Coast Guard, who was transferred to Charleston in July. When she saw the opening in at Poe’s, she said she knew it was the job for her.
Jessie has worked in academic and community libraries, but says that, “work in an academic library is research and reference centered…. In a public library, most customers are here because they enjoy reading for enjoyment, or need library services like internet access or programs. It’s rewarding to me to see children enjoying storytime, or for me to recommend a book to someone and they come back to tell me that they loved it.”
She enjoys that fact that no matter where you go in Charleston a public library always seems to be nearby, but she has certainly been enjoying the uniqueness of Poe’s. Jessie says she has met many people who want tours of the building, but she doesn’t seem to mind saying, “Everyone I have met here has been so welcoming and friendly. Sullivan’s Island residents love their library.”
Jessie truly appreciates that there is a strong community of readers on Sullivan’s, and one gets he sense that she enjoys the Island life when she says, “I love that we have families drive to the library on their golf carts!”
Jessie’s enthusiasm for Sullivan’s and Poe’s is obvious, and she would like the community to know she looks forward to “serving the Edgar Allan Poe Branch of CCPL and carrying out its mission of enriching the quality of life within our community and promoting lifelong learning.”
Jessie and her husband are the proud parents of a 10-month-old English Bulldog puppy named Chunk E. Meatball. Besides reading, she enjoys walking, yoga, gardening and refinishing antique furniture.
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