Regina Patterson is a Weakley County native who spent the majority of her career as an educator.
"I have been a school librarian most of my life," said Patterson. "I became an administrator and then a teacher evaluator for one year. (This position has) allowed me to return to library science."
A wife and mother of two grown children, Patterson lives in the Englewood Lake community of Obion County. She assumed the role of director in early October and has had a few weeks to settle into her new position.
A lifelong learner, Patterson holds a Master's Degree Plus 30, with an endorsement in administration. The energetic Patterson also brings many skills to her new role.
As an educator and administrator, she can both lead and delegate. She stresses her vision for a team attitude and a desire to receive input from her employees.
With a past in public television, she understands fundraising. And as a former saleswoman, she is not afraid to step out and ask for help with a service or a donation. Her bright smile and outgoing nature draws her to others and she enjoys learning about their interests.
"I am very excited about my new journey as the new director of this library," said Patterson.
Patterson's return to her first love allows her to help residents in a variety of ways. She has plans to grow McIver's Grant Public Library's new facility into an asset that meets the many needs of the Dyersburg-Dyer County community.
"I am a people-person," said Patterson. "I am enjoying the opportunity to work with the public. I like to help people. I have big plans for this library, but I know it will take time. We will build it plank by plank. My goal for this library is to bring the community what it needs in programming and resources.
"I know this is going to be a great experience because of the staff and stakeholders of McIver's Grant Public Library," continued Patterson.