Jenniffer Stephenson

Jenniffer Stephenson is leaving Greenwood-Leflore Public Library after serving nine years as its director.

Greenwood’s library director is going on to bigger and better things in Hernando.

Jenniffer Stephenson, a Lambert native, has just accepted a position as the assistant director for public services at First Regional Library.

She’s excited about what this new opportunity will add to her career in libraries.

“It’s also going to be a great opportunity for my husband, who has been building a business growing fruit trees,” she said. “We have a business called Southern Cultured Orchards and Nursery that he has been doing part time, and now he’s ready to make that a full-time job.”

She has been married to her husband, Larry, for 28 years, and together they have one son, Connor, who studies public policy leadership at the University of Mississippi.

She has served as director at the Greenwood-Leflore Public Library for nine years. Before that, she was director of the Carrollton-North Carrollton Library beginning in 2005.

She and her husband live in Carrollton and have made all sorts of friends in nearly 30 years there.

 She said it will be difficult to leave people that she’s worked with and lived near for so long, but she is hopeful for the future and knows she’s made friends for life.

“I hope to keep in touch with a lot of people, and of course social media and cellphones and emails help that some,” she said.

Stephenson received her degree in accounting in 2003 from Ole Miss and her master’s degree in public library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010.

Stephenson said that she has many fond memories from her time at the Greenwood library, including dressing up for children’s events at Halloween and Christmas.

“I really enjoy my career. Some of my friends say this was the career I was born for,” she said.

“I really believe in the mission of public libraries. I believe that public libraries are an enhancement to the education system and an asset to any community.”

She said that she wishes she had asked for more help from her colleagues and friends over the course of her career, because “it’s really easy to get burned out when you take on too many projects and responsibilities.”

The board of trustees at the Greenwood public library system has appointed Naomi Jones as the interim director.

She has worked as business manager at the library for seven years.

Contact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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