Grady Wilson begins new position as Director of McCreary County Public Library
By Eugenia Jones
After nearly twenty-four years of working as an insurance agent at Crabtree Wilson Insurance, Grady Wilson has turned a new page by assuming the role of McCreary County Public Library (MCPL) Director. Wilson replaces the former Director, Kay Morrow, who retired from the position earlier this year.
Wilson was intrigued and willing to make a significant career change simply because he considers the McCreary County Public Library to be a very special place.
“I just wanted to try and be part of the wonderful tradition that Kay Morrow and the Library Board started over forty-four years ago,” Wilson said. “I have been visiting the Library ever since it was housed in the basement of the Courthouse. The Library, to me, has always been a place to get away from the stress of day-to-day life. I have always enjoyed talking with the excellent staff and seeing what new books were available.”
Wilson notes the many services available at MCPL-including movie check-out, computer/internet access, genealogy resources, children’s programming, bookmobile services, and a community room available for public gatherings.
“The McCreary County Library is definitely not just a place to check out books-although we do that and are quite good at it,” Wilson remarked.
For starters, Wilson would like to just continue offering library services to patrons amid the disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Come springtime, he hopes to reassess.
“My primary concern now is to just continue the tradition set for by Kay (Morrow) amid this current pandemic,” Wilson declared. “Once things start to return to ‘sort-of-normal,’ we will dive in and focus on new ideas and how best to offer services to our community. I intend to be a lot like Eeyore, the grey stuffed donkey book character from Winnie the Pooh, when he opined, ‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.’”
Wilson has several favorite authors including Ace Atkins, Jim Butcher, Stephen King, Robert Parker, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, and Timothy Zahn. He is a fan of thrillers, science fiction, and (depending on the subject and author) biographies. Wilson enjoys just browsing through all of the materials available at the library and interacting with a great staff. He paraphrases an English author to describe the diversity of books, authors, and materials found at the public library.
“I’m going to paraphrase Neil Gaiman,” Wilson said. “’What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a library. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a library, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.’”
“Actually, Gaiman used the word “bookstore” instead of “library,” Wilson continued with a grin. “But a library is just a bookstore at better cost!”
Wilson is a graduate of the McCreary County School System and Cumberland College. He is married to Amy (Hill) Wilson, and the couple share their home with Amy’s Jack Russell Terrier who has been known to eat library books.