Longtime librarian takes the reins in Selbyville

Selbyville Public Library has welcomed a new director in Pam Munro. Munro started a few weeks ago and has hit the ground running. She brings to the table years of experience and just recently retired from employment with the State of Delaware as a school librarian and media specialist.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming: Pam Munro is ready to leave her mark in Selbyville.Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Pam Munro is ready to leave her mark in Selbyville.

Originally from Kentucky, Munro attained her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in library science and English. From there she went to George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University for her master’s degree. In 1974, she and her family moved to Delaware for her first husband’s job, and she has been a Delawarean ever since.

“To me, this is home,” she said.

Before making the move, she worked in university libraries in Tennessee and Virginia, doing everything from instructing to cataloging to assisting. Once in Delaware, she worked as a director at Milford Public Library. After divorcing, as a newly single mom, she made the switch to working within the local school system so she and her children could have similar schedules. She has worked everywhere from Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington to the Cape Henlopen District in Lewes, primarily in grades 1-8.

Teaching and working with kids on a regular basis is one thing Munro said she now misses about her work within the school system, although she still does get to see them “as they walk by” her office on their way to the children’s section of the library.

Another thing that is different between being a school librarian and a library director, Munro said, is the responsibility load. Instead of being the accountant, the children’s librarian and the book cataloger, she has people that work alongside her doing those tasks.

“In school, the librarian does all of it,” she explained.

In Selbyville, Munro oversees five employees — one children’s librarian, one circulation supervisor and three other part-time positions. She also has more public relations responsibilities.

Software and computerized cataloging are the other big differences between when she first started out working in libraries and now.

One exciting thing Munro mentioned about the library these days is Kids Art Month, which is sponsored by the Selbyville Community Club and supported by a resolution of the Selbyville Town Council. The month-long event includes a display of artwork from area children that will be displayed in the library during March, to climax with an awards ceremony where the best of the best will be singled out for awards.

The library is also offering book discussions and a showing of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” as part of Delaware’s Big Read, which starts March 16. And on Saturday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. is Dino Day for boys ages 4-10, wherein they will have a dinosaur story, craft and snacks. March also has Teen Tech Week, which is set for March 8-14.

Now happily remarried with grown children, Munro said she is at a good place in her life and career.

“I’m terribly grateful to have a job in a career that I love,” she said. “Retirement is not all it’s cracked up to be!” she said with a laugh.

For more information on library services or to register for any of Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming events, call (302) 436-8195 or visit selbyvillelibrary.org online.