Vaughan enjoys life at library

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Crystal Vaughan has been a familiar face to people who go to the Bacon District Branch Library or the Keysville Public Library.

Vaughan, a manager with the Charlotte County Library system, has worked in the two branches for approximately four years. She helps visitors with finding the perfect book, and points out the resources needed to get cracking on that research project or term paper.

“It’s just interacting with the public, and helping them find books they would like to read and use the internet,” Vaughan said.

Prior to the Charlotte County Library system, she worked at the academic library and bookstore at Southside Virginia Community College.

“My grandmother was the one who actually told me about (the Charlotte County Library job),” Vaughan said. “It happened really quickly. I went for the interview, and then… the day after I was offered the job. So I really felt like that was meant to be, so I jumped at it.”

She has worked at the libraries ever since.

Vaughan noted that the common theme of working at both branch locations are the kind and interesting people who visit the libraries.

“We have so many different types of people come in,” Vaughan said. “The types of books that they read. Just interacting with the patrons is one of my favorite aspects.”

Vaughan said through helping people find sources for research, she has discovered some pretty neat facts herself.

She said she helped one student recently find sources for a paper the student was writing on Saturn.

“We found out that NASA had actually sent a probe to Saturn to take some pictures,” Vaughan said. “We were able to pull up some of the pictures that the probe took.”

She said one resource that people may not know about the library is a website, called, where people can download e-books, audiobooks, even some movies, just by using their library cards.

She said her favorite aspect of the library is seeing the new books come in. She said new books are shipped into the library branches every few weeks.

“There’s so much variety that we have here,” Vaughan said. “There’s really something for everyone who wants to come and get a book.”

Vaughan, perhaps not surprisingly, is a reader herself. She said her favorite book recently is “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, which she said follows two people during WWII.

“That is one of the best books I’ve read,” Vaughan said.