Get to know our Library Director: Penny Beals

By Alicia Ballard


Penny Beals

How long have you worked at the Library?

18 Years

Where did you grow up?

Mostly in California

Where did you go to school?

California, Kansas, and Oklahoma

Tell me about your family.

Eight siblings, married with two sons, one wonderful daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Do you have any pets?

One dog, a German short-hair named Nellie.

What are some of your hobbies?

I’m boring; reading and watching old movies are my hobbies. I hate gossip, shopping, and most things girly.

Do you Read? Yes What do you read?

Nearly everything. I probably read between 75 and 100 books a year. I enjoy digital/e-books as well as print books. I don’t listen to audio books because I “tune” it out.

Did you always like to read?

I have always loved reading and can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how. I was the kid who got in trouble at school for reading during math.

What is your favorite part about coming into work each day?

For my first fifteen years it was working with the children. Young ones keep you young. Now as Director, I enjoy our great staff and being able to implement new ideas and programs.

If you are stuck on a desert island, what 5 things would you have with you? (Except water or food)

Seriously? I would take a way off the island!